Platinum is registered at five to eight ounces per acre to control aphids, whiteflies, Colorado potato beetles and flea beetles. Platinum may be applied in-furrow, banded or as a drench. It may also be applied through drip irrigation or shanked-in at lay-by alone or with liquid fertilizer. Actara may be applied by air or ground at very low use rates of two to four ounces per acre to control aphids, whiteflies, flea beetles, Colorado potato beetles and pepper weevils.

Higher performance insect control in a variety of vegetable production systems will now be possible. Platinum soil insecticide and Actara foliar insecticide have been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for control of sucking and chewing pests in fruiting and cucurbit vegetables. State registrations in Arizona, California, Florida and New York are pending. Federal registration for use in leafy vegetable and cole crops is also pending.

Platinum and Actara both contain the active ingredient thiamethoxam, a second-generation neonicotinoid insecticide. Thiamethoxam has unique characteristics that offer several advantages to vegetable growers.

“Growing vegetables is an intensive job, so pest control advisors and growers need tools they can rely on for a wide range of crops and conditions,” says Coby Long, Syngenta insecticide brand manager. “Platinum can be applied several ways, yet it protects plants faster compared to other soil treatments. Actara provides extended residual control as a foliar treatment with minimal impact on beneficial insects and a wide margin of worker safety.”

Platinum is registered at five to eight ounces per acre to control aphids, whiteflies, Colorado potato beetles and flea beetles. Platinum may be applied in-furrow, banded or as a drench. It may also be applied through drip irrigation or shanked-in at lay-by alone or with liquid fertilizer. Actara may be applied by air or ground at very low use rates of two to four ounces per acre to control aphids, whiteflies, flea beetles, Colorado potato beetles and pepper weevils.

“Platinum performs consistently better because it moves into plants much faster than other soil treatments — even when soil moisture is low,” says Steve White, Syngenta insecticide technical brand manager. “Actara is rainfast as soon as spray material dries and provides long-lasting protection with a unique combination of translaminar and locally systemic activity we call trans-stemic action.”

Platinum and Actara have minimal impact on most beneficial insects, so they are well suited for integrated pest management programs. And the active ingredient is not known to be cross-resistant to any other insecticide class.

“We are committed to providing solutions like thiamethoxam to help PCAs and vegetable growers manage crops for higher quality and profit,” Long says.

For more information on Platinum and Actara or the Syngenta portfolio, contact your local Syngenta representative or visit www.syngentacropprotection-us.com.

Actara and Platinum are not registered for use or sale in Arizona, California, Florida and New York. Always read and follow label instructions before buying or using these products.