Be on your game with aphids this season

Adama launches two-pronged attack on crop pests with Mavrik® Duo

25/10/17 - Adama is taking a two-pronged attack to the control of aphids, and other destructive pests, with Mavrik Duo for the 2017/18 crop growing season.

Mavrik Duo's highly successful antecedent, Mavrik, a synthetic pyrethroid, has also been approved for potatoes. Both insecticides are registered for use in cereals, arable, and fruit and vegetable crops.

Gentle on beneficials

Adama Commercial Manager, Daren Mabey, says Mavrik, with tau-fluvalinate, continues to be the only SP that is kind to most of the key beneficials in agricultural and horticultural crops. He says consistent Mavrik sales growth has been supported by increasing awareness of the importance of bees and beneficials to farm management programmes. 

“For flowering crops, where pollination is vital, Mavrik is the obvious choice. There’s so much confidence in bee safety that tau-fluvalinate is used by beekeepers for varroa mite control. Even though it can be applied during flowering periods, spray should never be applied when bees are actively foraging. Early morning or in the evening is best when bees are in their hives.”

Bonus for potato growers

Mavrik’s approval for potatoes is also timely, says Bryce Simpson Commercial Manager, Upper North Island. 

“When it comes to controlling aphids and psyllids, there’s been a real need out there for a serious alternative to organophosphates. With Mavrik potato growers have a really good option that’s soft on beneficials and has a short withholding period.”

Mavrik affects the nervous systems of susceptible insects after direct contact or ingestion. It also has a repellant effect. Aphids tend not to enter sprayed crops while they can detect the chemical.

Potato field
Mavrik and Mavrik Duo are approved for use in potatoes

Fast knockdown and long persistence in one

Launching this season, Mavrik Duo combines Mavrik with pirimicarb, providing fast, solid knockdown. The product works through direct contact and ingestion, and through fumigant action when sprayed at temperatures over 15 degrees.

Mavrik Duo is also translaminar, penetrating through to the underside of leaves, which Daren says, makes it particularly effective on crops with a larger canopy, such as oil seed rape. “In spring, when there’s a bit of a canopy there, that’s when Mavrik Duo really comes into its own.”

Daren says while the use of Mavrik and pirimicarb have been around for some years combining both saves time and hassles. “There is no need to tank-mix and apply two products. It can all be done in one hit.”

Mavrik and Mavrik Duo pack shot

Monitoring is key

Pest populations may build up very quickly as the weather warms coming into spring. Daren says the impact of aphids on yields is often seriously underestimated. 

“As soon as they start to detect aphids in their cereal crops, that’s the time to spray. If they don’t, they could be in trouble. Monitoring is obviously the best way to see what’s going on.”

While prevention, or early detection, are the best strategies, Daren also recommends Mavrik Duo, when unexpected population explosions occur. An instant knockdown and a strong residual effect is exactly what’s needed in these situations.

Be on your game with insect pests and start using Mavrik and Mavrik Duo today!