2007 News Releases

Venom® Insecticide Now Registered for Vegetables

Vegetable growers have a new weapon against tough pests

March 29, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (March 29, 2007)—Vegetable growers have access to a new fast-acting solution to their toughest pest problems—Venom® Insecticide from Valent U.S.A. Corporation.

Venom now is registered for use on vegetables, including head and stem brassica, fruiting vegetables, cucurbits and leafy vegetables.

"Vegetable growers need effective, full-season control, as well as a product that delivers a quick kill to problem pests," said Janet Brown, Venom brand manager. "Venom brings growers the flexibility and speed they need—with soil and foliar applications quickly controlling tough pests at lower use rates. Venom's application flexibility makes it a good fit for virtually any program."

Venom is a selective insecticide that delivers effective control of the toughest vegetable pests, including whiteflies, leafhoppers, flea beetles, leafminers, stinkbugs and thrips while having a reduced impact on beneficial insects. 

"Venom has some characteristics unique from other neonicotinoids that make it a great fit in vegetables," said Jeffrey Smith, field market development specialist for Valent. "Applied to the soil, Venom distributes evenly within the profile allowing for good root contact.  This results in fast absorption into the plant.  Plus, Venom is super-systemic, and quickly moves through the plant's root system to the growing points to protect against pests. Super-systemic activity is why Venom provides better whitefly control compared to other soil-applied insecticides, especially when applied through drip irrigation."

Smith added that as a foliar treatment, Venom provides fast knock down of key pests while its translaminar action provides residual control.  Plus, a short, one-day pre-harvest interval in many cases, provides growers the flexibility to treat late into the season.


Venom is the newest addition to Valent's vegetable product portfolio that also includes Knack® Insect Growth Regulator (IGR). A Venom/Knack combination or sequential program can be an ideal solution for vegetable growers with tough whitefly problems, according to Smith.

"In a low to moderate whitefly year, Venom applied to the soil may provide season-long control of whitefly," Smith said.  "However, when whitefly populations are high, a sequential foliar application of Knack may be required to provide additional control for the remainder of the season. Additionally, the Venom/Knack program brings the added advantage of rotating chemistries with different modes of action.  This reduces the potential for resistance development."

Venom joins a growing line of quality products from Valent U.S.A. Corporation including plant growth regulators, herbicides, a fungicide, insecticides, a nematicide and miticides. Valent's product line includes leading brands such as Chateau® Herbicide, Danitol® Insecticide, DiPel® Biological 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 Venom 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.