Insect and mite pests cause significant losses right across Australia’s 28,000-hectare citrus industry.
All major growing regions, including the Riverland, Sunraysia, Riverina, Emerald and Central Burnett, are susceptible to attack.
Trivor® was developed by leading crop protection company, Adama, to provide Australian growers with a new solution for the control of sucking insect pests in citrus. It is a unique Group 4A and 7C insecticide containing the active ingredients acetamiprid and pyriproxyfen for control and suppression of Californian red scale, citrus mealybug, black scale, pink wax scale, citrus leaf miner and Kelly’s citrus thrips.
Importantly, it also has minimal impact on beneficial and non-target insects, proven crop safety in all citrus varieties, and its twin mode of action means it can be a vital tool for resistance management when used in conjunction with other existing chemistry.
Adama Australia’s head of portfolio, Dror Dagan, said Trivor had shown improved pest control and fruit marketability in trials compared with standard alternative treatments offering up to 120 days of protection.
Dror said Trivor’s extended protection meant one application could control second and later generations of red scale and citrus mealybug, achieving savings for growers.
“It will set a new benchmark in cost-effective sucking pest management in citrus, and maximising the potential for marketable fresh fruit will please growers, especially considering the higher quality standards for export and domestic markets,’’ Dror said.
He recommended Trivor should be used in conjunction with a season-long program for sucking pests, including insecticides with alternative modes of action and other integrated pest management (IPM) practices that help ensure long-term efficacy and sustainability.
Trivor can be applied at low use rates, but is fast acting for rapid removal of pest populations and offers extended residual protection, helping to prevent fruit damage and maximise yields and quality.
Riverland Citrus grower, Rick Pearce of Cox Citrus said: “Because of the dry conditions this season there’s been a lot of dust, dirt and debris throughout the orchards which is conducive of having a red scale outbreak. As we go forward this year it’s going to be really important to control red scale, mealybug and loopers as I think the conditions for these pests will be advantageous,”
“Last season we had a patch of Valencias which were absolutely riddled with red scale. We tried numerous products which just hadn’t been successful so I talked to my local chemical suppliers and we came up with a trial using Trivor. After applying Trivor we found that it had cleaned the red scale right up,” Rick said.
“We’ll definitely use Trivor again in the future. It’s really-well priced, so we think it will certainly fit the program in terms of scales of economy. Where we have leaf miner, red scale and some of the other nasties we think it is definitely the product to use going forwards.”
Brett Morgan, managing director of Agri Business Supplies said, “We believe Trivor has a great fit with Suprathion being taken away from the market. We also believe strongly in resistance management strategy so we think Trivor will be a great rotation with the existing insecticides that are in the market at the moment.”
Steve Lehmann from Elders Riverland agreed, “This up-coming season we see Trivor having a good fit with a lot of other products being taken off the market so it will definitely be a product we’ll be recommending,”
“We’re here to get the most returns for growers and give them a program that’s cost effective and that does the job.”
Trivor is pending registration this year for the control of a range of insect pests in grapes, avocados, macadamias and mangoes.
For further information, growers, advisers and agronomists can contact their local Adama representative.