AMERICAN VANGUARD Corporation's subsidiary, AMVAC Chemical Corporation, has entered into an agreement with Syngenta Crop Protection to supply Force 3G corn soil insecticide for use through AMVAC's SmartBox system beginning in the 2004 season.

AMVAC's SmartBox is a closed handling system that combines precision insecticide application with reduced applicator exposure. Its 50-pound returnable containers eliminate the need to open, pour and dispose of bags, which reduces the risk of skin contact and inhalation.

It features in-cab push-button insecticide control, monitoring and data record-keeping capabilities. The SmartBox is a low-maintenance system that can be easily fitted on all major brands of planters.

Force 3G is a leading corn soil insecticide manufactured and marketed by Syngenta for the control of corn rootworm, wireworm, cutworm and white grub in corn.

“The availability of Force insecticide through SmartBox is great news for corn growers who want a high level of corn soil insect control,” stated Ted Ramirez, director of marketing for AMVAC.