Ethos Elite LFR insecticide/biofungicide provides early protection to create an environment where seedlings can emerge more uniformly and with improved plant vigor
FMC has launched a new insecticide/biofungicide premix crop protection product, Ethos Elite LFR insecticide/biofungicide, for the U.S. market in 2024.
This solution combines a study-demonstrated and trusted pyrethroid insecticide, bifenthrin, with two FMC-proprietary biological strains, Bacillus velezensis strain RTI301 and Bacillus subtilis strain RTI477, for a broad spectrum of control against early-season diseases and soilborne pests.
Ethos Elite LFR insecticide/biofungicide has a robust label for use in corn, soybeans, cotton, peanuts, tomatoes, canola and more. It provides protection against key pests including corn rootworm, cutworm, grubs, seedcorn maggot and wireworms. The two novel biofungicide strains aid in suppressing seedling diseases like Fusarium, Phytophthora, Pythium and Rhizoctonia.
“Getting a crop off to a strong start in the spring is critical to help maximize yield potential,” says Matthew Pye, biological subject matter expert for FMC U.S. “Ethos Elite LFR insecticide/biofungicide provides early protection to create an environment where seedlings can emerge more uniformly and with improved plant vigor. This At-Plant tool can help growers enhance plant and operational performance.”
Formulated with FMC-patented Liquid Fertilizer Ready (LFR) technology, Ethos Elite LFR insecticide/biofungicide is designed for superior mixing and stability. Ethos Elite LFR insecticide/biofungicide is applied at planting in the furrow with the seed or as a 5- to 7-inch band (T-band) over an open furrow.
Root feeding from corn rootworm and other soilborne insects can leave seedlings open to disease. With the proprietary biological strains included in this product, growers can implement preventative protection against diseases if insect damage occurs. Additionally, growers can experience crop physiology benefits like healthier root systems, improved plant stands and decreased lodging, all of which can contribute to increased yields.
“Growers using a synthetic-only option for corn rootworm control can see the benefits from the addition of the biological strains that Ethos Elite LFR insecticide/biofungicide contains, both in terms of soil disease suppression and increased plant vigor,” Pye says. “It is a great way to enhance protection and plant physiology development to set crops up for a successful season.”
Ethos Elite LFR insecticide/biofungicide will be available on a limited commercial basis for the 2024 crop season with a complete launch in 2025.
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