2007 News Releases


Powerful new insecticide offers longest-lasting, broad-spectrum control in potatoes

December 18, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (December 18, 2007)—Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration of its new long-lasting crop protection brand for potatoes, Belay™ Insecticide (clothianidin).

"Belay-branded insecticides are an excellent fit for potato growers looking for a great start and long lasting insect control into the season," said John Aleck, Valent product development manager.

A third-generation neonicotinoid tested as V-10170, Belay brings potato growers the industry's longest-lasting control of such yield-robbing pests as Colorado potato beetles, aphids and leafhoppers. 

"Belay's chemistry provides distinct advantages over older neonicotinoids," said Trevor Dale, Valent field market development specialist. "Because Belay is less water soluble than other products, it stays put in a variety of soils but is readily absorbed and translocated by the plant. It lasts longer, giving maximum control of key pests that reduce potato quality, size and yield."

Belay will be available for the 2008 season in two formulations to meet growers' program needs:

  • Soil-applied: The Belay 16 WSG formulation is specifically designed for soil application and can be used at planting or at-cracking to ensure potatoes get the most complete season-long protection. Belay 16 WSG is applied to the soil at 16-18 ounces per acre. 
  • Foliar-applied: Belay 50 WDG is for foliar use at 1.5 ounces per acre. 

Belay registrations are expected in all potato growing states in time for the 2008 use season except California and New York. 

Belay joins the growing line of quality products from Valent U.S.A. Corporation including plant growth regulators, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, nematicides and miticides. Valent's product line includes leading brands such as Chateau® Herbicide, Clutch® Insecticide, Danitol® Insecticide, DiPel® Insecticide, DiTera® Nematicide, Esteem® Insect Growth Regulator (IGR), Knack® IGR, MaxCel® Plant Growth Regulator (PGR), Orthene® Insecticide, Prestige® PGR, ProGibb® PGR, Promalin® PGR, ProVide® PGR, ReTain® PGR, Select Max® Herbicide with Inside Technology™, Venom® Insecticide, XenTari® Biological Insecticide and Zeal® Miticide.

For more information about Belay Insecticide, Valent U.S.A. Corporation or Valent's full product line, call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368), or visit the Valent Web site at www.valent.com.