New Insecticide Approved for Use in California

After a lengthy registration process cotton growers in California have another tool to help combat whitlefly.   Bayer CropScience has received the registration for its new insecticide Sivanto from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR)). Sivanto, which was developed to control devastating sucking pests on fruits and vegetables as well as most broadacre crops, will be available for the 2015 growing season.  Sivanto is a novel systemic insecticide for the control of major sucking pests such as aphids, whiteflies, hoppers, psyllids, and other key insects, and acts effectively on all mobile stages including larvae and adults. It can be used on pome fruits, citrus, vegetables: cucurbit, fruiting, leafy & brassica; winegrapes, melons, alfalfa and cotton. Sivanto is based on the active ingredient flupyradifurone which belongs to the new chemical class of butenolides.  It is also important to note that when applied at proposed label rates, Sivanto presents no effects on honey bee colony development.   Finally, another tool in our battle against whitefly.  Remember, NO STICKY COTTON!