The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a higher label rate for Trimax Pro Insecticide, giving cotton growers an improved option for controlling plant bugs, stink bugs, aphids and other damaging piercing/sucking insects.

“Trimax Pro has made two giant leaps forward in 2006,” said Jon Mixson, Bayer CropScience product manager. “First, we developed a new formulation that gives applicators improved mixing and handling properties. Now, with the rate increase, growers benefit with quicker knockdown, better overall pest efficacy and longer residual.”

Growers still have the option of using the previously labeled rates of 0.9 ounce and 1.35 ounces per acre. With a new EPA-approved rate of 1.8 ounces per acre, growers with higher piercing/sucking insect populations — especially high aphid infestations — have a third option.

Mixson said the new formulation helps the active ingredient remain at the site of insect feeding. The active ingredient is also absorbed into cotton leaves and migrates to the lower leaf surface, providing improved control of aphids and other insects that feed on the underside of cotton leaves.

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