Colbalt Advanced brings high performance insect control to row crops

• Cobalt Advanced delivers high performance control of a broad spectrum of insects in soybeans, corn, wheat and alfalfa.

Row-crop producers have relied on Cobalt insecticide for years to provide effective insect control.

With the development of Cobalt Advanced, producers now have a more powerful, low-odor tool that offers fast knockdown and residual control of a broader spectrum of insects.

Cobalt Advanced delivers high performance control of a broad spectrum of insects in soybeans, corn, wheat and alfalfa. Insects controlled include aphids, beetles and spider mites in soybeans; corn rootworm beetles, cutworms and aphids in corn; aphids, beetles and grasshoppers in wheat; and weevils, aphids and leafhoppers in alfalfa.

“If you’re spraying at the appropriate application rate, you can expect Cobalt Advanced to provide quick knockdown of all of the primary pests in these crops,” says Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist at Iowa State University.

The two modes of action found in Cobalt Advanced quickly knock down targeted insects, provide long-lasting residual control and help ensure effective resistance management. The new low-odor formulation benefits applicators working near urban centers.

Muggsy Gallagher, who works for Hintzsche Fertilizer in Minooka, Ill., just west of the Chicago suburbs, has already seen the benefits of the lower odor.

 “We’re very cognizant of the pesticides we’re using due to the urban sprawl of Chicago,” Gallagher says. “The lower odor of Cobalt Advanced was striking compared with the previous formulation.”

The improved formulation of Cobalt® Advanced insecticide offers greater tank-mix compatibility with nutrients, adjuvants and other pesticides, including fungicides. A planned approach of mixing Cobalt Advanced with an effective fungicide can help control both insects and diseases with a single application.

In research conducted by Iowa State University in 2011, applying a tank-mix of Cobalt Advanced and Quadris fungicide at the tassel stage reduced aphid population, kept diseases in check and produced an increase of 10 bushels per acre versus the untreated check and 5.3 bushels per acre versus Quadris alone.

For additional information on Cobalt Advanced, see http://www.dowagro.com/usag/prod/031.htm.

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