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.