Gustafson LLC says it has received EPA approval for two of the company's new corn insecticides. The two new products, Prescribe and Gaucho, will be made available to growers through seed companies as a pre-applied seed treatment.

The new products will eliminate on-farm insecticide containers, and the labor and application equipment associated with traditional planting time insecticides, the company says. With Gaucho and Prescribe insecticides, the producer simply pours precoated seed into the planter box and begins planting.

"Unlike older technologies, Gaucho and Prescribe are non-restricted-use pesticides," says Paul Holliday, Gustafson corn products manager. "They are easier and safer for the grower to use and safer for the environment. In addition, both can be combined with fungicides on the seed with no worry about herbicide interaction."

While new to corn growers, Gaucho is well-known to producers of other crops. Six years ago, cotton and grain sorghum producers began purchasing seed with Gaucho protection. Since then, literally millions of cotton, sorghum, wheat, potato and canola acres have been planted with Gaucho applied to the seed before planting. Regardless of the crop, Holliday says, producers have consistently seen less insect damage plus improved crop performance.

Gaucho is designed to protect germinated corn seed from a broad spectrum of early season insects, including wireworms, seed corn maggots and imported fire ants.

Prescribe corn insecticide was developed to deliver protection against corn rootworms, flea beetles, and early season aphids and thrips. Like Gaucho, it protects both seeds and seedlings from a broad spectrum of early season insects, including wireworms, seed corn maggots and imported fire ants.

Both new products protect against feeding insects through contact and systemic activity. "We feel growers will tend to see less stand loss, fewer disease problems and improved crop performance when using Gaucho or Prescribe on their corn seed," Holliday says.