Good management alone is sometimes not enough to protect the calf from scours, and cattle producers turn to practices like calf vaccination to head off diarrhea in their spring calf crop, according to officials with ImmuCell Corp., Portland, Maine. One problem with vaccinating calves at birth is the high concentration of maternal antibodies found in colostrum. These maternal antibodies can interfere with the calf’s immune response to a vaccine. Another problem with newborn vaccination is no immediate immunity. Cattle producers can turn to the immediate immunity available in USDA-approved antibody products from ImmuCell. Concentrated antibody products can be fed to calves at the same time as colostrum so there is no interference with maternal antibodies. For more information, contact a representative or visit www.immucell.com.
Firm introduces premix fungicide for corn, soybeans, wheat
Raleigh, N.C.-based MANA has introduced Custodia premix fungicide for use on corn, soybeans and wheat. Custodia combines the two most complementary systemic fungicide active ingredients available in an optimized ratio to deliver both preventive and curative disease control.
The simultaneous movement of the active ingredients within the plant quickly knocks down diseases and provides a residual barrier that inhibits diseases from developing. The multiple active ingredients in Custodia allow growers to minimize the number of products they need to control various diseases. Custodia is labeled on several common rotational crops, which provides flexibility in planning disease control strategies.
Custodia prevents or controls gray leaf spot and anthracnose on field corn, Cercospora and Septoria on soybeans, and rusts and powdery mildew in wheat, according to Matt Bradley, Custodia brand leader. By keeping these diseases at bay, Custodia can help growers remain profitable throughout the season. In field corn, Custodia optimizes grain fill by preventing stress during periods where non-optimal photosynthesis periods occur and helps growers to increase yield. Custodia can also help soybean growers get to harvest sooner by preventing extended stalk greening.
MANA offers more than 60 formulations of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, plant growth regulators and harvest aids.
For more information, call 866-406-6262 or visit www.manainc.com.
Planting time insecticide system released
Innvictis Crop Care, LLC, Windsor, Colo., has announced the launch of NIRVANA for the 2014 growing season.
NIRVANA is a patented formulation catalyst that allows the use of standard EC formulated insecticides to be mixed with liquid fertilizers for use at planting to protect against soil insects.
Getting pesticides to effectively mix with starter fertilizers is challenging due to the chemical composition of the fertilizers and the EC-based insecticides, according to Greg McManic, director of research and development for Innvictis. NIRVANA is chemically formulated to provide that bridge and be the catalyst that brings it all together.
NIRVANA allows dealers and farmers to choose from an array of EC-formulated insecticides to better defend their corn against below ground insects. Liquid fertilizers and EC-formulated insecticides are chemically incompatible and will quickly separate and stratify in conventional mixtures.
NIRVANA connects the two molecules and holds them together in a chemical bond for a period of time allowing farmers to conveniently mix and apply starter fertilizer and insecticides in one application.
NIRVANA is expected to be available in time for the 2014 planting season in limited quantities with full availability expected for the 2015 planting season.
For more information, see a dealer or visit www.innvictis.com.
Insect control added to cereal grain crop lineup
DuPont’s Prevathon insect control, with Rynaxypyr, has received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for use on cereal crops, including wheat, most other small grains and sorghum.
Prevathon was first registered in 2011 for use on cotton, corn, pasture and hay crops, including alfalfa. Since then, in farm fields and research trials, Prevathon has demonstrated protection against a range of yield-robbing insects for many commercially grown crops including soybeans and sunflower. Prevathon provides control against lepidopteran worms, such as fall armyworm, true armyworm, corn earworm, sorghum webworm and loopers.
Growers will find multiple benefits with Prevathon use, including the following:
—Immediate cessation of insect feeding to protect crop yield and quality.
—Residual control for 14 to 21 days for application flexibility while reducing the need for repeat applications.
—Effective control of worm pests with minimal impact on beneficial predator insects and pollinators.
—Another tool to help break the insect resistance cycle with a unique single mode of action versus conventional insect control products.
—No grazing or haying restrictions on range and pasture grasses and alfalfa, so applications can be made right up to cutting.
—Preharvest interval of 14 days on cereal crops and sorghum.
For more information, see a representative or visit www.dupont.com.
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