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'Seeing is Believing' with new Caterpillar Insecticide Crop Protection from Dupont

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The reputation of new generation insecticide Avatar as a reliable, effective means of caterpillar pest control and crop protection in horticultural crops was further enhanced at the recent Gatton Field Days (Expo 17) in Queensland.

Developed by DuPont , Avatar was very much in the spotlight at Expo 17 where a trial site demonstrating the chemical's unique and potent mode of action attracted considerable attention from all sectors of the Australian horticultural industry.

The active ingredient in Avatar is Indoxacarb, a compound which causes target pests to stop feeding quickly after treatment, thereby providing excellent crop protection.

Avatar enables growers to manage insecticide resistance and the chemical's low impact on populations of predatory mites, parasitic wasps and spiders makes it ideal as part of an integrated pest management (IPM) program.

The trial site provided field day attendees with a stark visual comparison of crops treated with Avatar and those not sprayed. Crops included in the trial plot were broccoli, tomato, lettuce, cabbage and capsicum.

The ability of Avatar to successfully control a range of lepidoptera (caterpillar) pests while having minimal impact on beneficial insects was obvious to the many people who visited the DuPont display at Expo 17.

DuPont's Brisbane-based sales representative Scoff Huf said the section of crops not treated with Avatar during the three-month management phase of the trial had been completely decimated by insect infestation.

"We've had reasonably light insect pressure for most of the year in the Lockyer Valley, and yet even under this low level of pressure the trial provided a graphic demonstration of the importance of crop protection and monitoring," Scott said.

He said the trial site replicated typical farm management practices, with crops inspected twice a week for three months.

"We sprayed half of the crops on threshold and managed them as a grower would. We kept up insect counts and monitoring so we could measure and record all the numbers of different pest and beneficial species," Scott said.

The trial, established and managed by Scott and the Toowoomba-based development adviser and field biologist, Geoff Cornwell, sparked a positive response from Queensland and interstate growers, consultants and distributors who were impressed by the results.

"The aim of this trial was to show people just what Avatar could do," Scott said.

"People from throughout the industry appreciated being able to look at the trial site and see for themselves how Avatar performs in the field. With Avatar, seeing is believing.

"I hope the trial has allowed growers and industry distribution personnel to better understand Avatar and how to get the best out of it."

Scott said Avatar had been registered for use on brassicas for the past two seasons and growers were very comfortable using the chemical.

And he said the recent registration for use on lettuces and tomatoes, and the approaching registration for capsicums had generated a new wave of interest at Expo 17.

"I expect the trial will continue to establish Avatar in the market place as a key rotational product for a range of horticultural crops," Scott said.

DuPont Avatar product manager, David Richards, was also pleased with the positive response at Expo 17.

"Scott's presentations on how to get the most out of Avatar were greatly appreciated," David said.

"I believe the success of the field days trial site reinforces the Avatar position as an excellent method of control."

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