Syngenta Crop Protection Canada has announced the new registration of ACTARA 240SC for application to potato seed pieces.
Actara 240SC is a systemic insecticide containing the active ingredient thiamethoxam. Syngenta says it provides long-lasting protection against sucking and chewing insects including aphids, Colorado potato beetles and potato leaf hoppers. Actara 240 SC can be used directly on the seed or applied in-furrow.
Syngenta says growers benefit from increased efficiency as they are able to treat the seed piece at the same time that they apply a fungicide. Because it is applied directly to the seed piece, the active ingredient is absorbed and moves systemically within the plant as it grows. Syngenta says this ensures protection right from the start and targets Colorado potato beetles when they are the most susceptible in the spring, immediately following overwinter.