Crop Tech

March 19, 2016 02:05 AM
Crop Tech

Syngenta Gains EPA Registration for Ballista LFC Corn Insecticide


Soil-dwelling corn insects steal yields and can be difficult to control thanks to their stealth attacks. Syngenta recently gained registration from EPA for Ballista LFC corn insecticide to help combat soil-dwelling pests.

Ballista LFC primarily targets corn rootworm but it also controls grubs, maggots and wireworms. The product works best in areas with low corn rootworm pressure or when secondary pests are not controlled by traits. 

Syngenta recommends combining Ballista LFC with a hybrid containing a corn rootworm trait to most effectively control soil pests and protect potential yield.

The active ingredient lambda-cyhalothrin is an industry standard for broad spectrum insect control. Ballista LFC is compatible with several liquid fertilizers for easy application.

State registration is still pending. To find if your state has approved Ballista LFC or for more information, visit

Dogs Use Their Noses to Eradicate Weeds


Dogs have been trained to sniff out people, explosives and drugs. In Iowa, one dog trainer is teaching dogs to find invasive weed species.

“Dogs can find smaller weeds before they pollinate and spread,” says Jim Peters of Samaritan Detection Dogs. In some cases, they can even detect weeds before emergence.

Peters is focusing on two or three weed types this year and might add more in 2017. Currently, the dogs are finding weeds for conservation purposes, but there could be benefits for production agriculture. “In pastures especially, I think they’ll be great at finding weeds,” he adds.

Dicamba Not Approved for Over-the-Top Use

Monsanto Company recently received Chinese approval for Roundup Ready Xtend soybeans and is selling the variety for the 2016 season. However, the over-the-top use of dicamba for Roundup Ready Xtend crops has not been approved. 

What does that mean for farmers who plant Roundup Ready Xtend crops? You can still buy the seed, just don’t plan to use dicamba, the recommended herbicide, to control weeds—at least right now. “We’re not sure whether approved federal and state labels will be granted in time to allow application of dicamba-containing products on these varieties during the early portion of—or perhaps even much of—the 2016 growing season,” says Aaron Hager, University of Illinois associate professor of weed science.

Because no federal or state labels allow dicamba application pre- or post-emergence, a farmer or applicator found using the product in this manner would be breaking federal and state laws.

While you wait for federal and state approval of over-the-top use of dicamba, you’ll want to start planning out what you can do to fight weeds in your fields. 

“The most sustainable solution to the challenges of herbicide-resistant weeds is an integrated weed management system,” Hager says. “Use chemical and non-chemical tactics to eliminate weed seed production during the growing season.”

New Burndown Herbicide from Dow AgroSciences

Dow AgroSciences expects registration for its new herbicide Elevore in 2017. Elevore will feature Arylex active, a new Group 4 growth regulator herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences. 

It’s expected to be labeled for burndown applications in soybeans, corn and other crops to control broadleaf weeds, including glyphosate- and ALS-resistant weed species such as henbit, chickweed and marestail. In research trials, Elevore has effectively controlled marestail up to 8" tall. 

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