New Registrations of Belay® Insecticide Expand Application Options

Third-generation neonicotinoid now available in greater variety of crops

April 19, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, California—Valent U.S.A. Corporation has received additional EPA registrations for Belay® Insecticide in a growing list of fruit, vegetable and nut crops.

New registrations for Belay include use in pecans and other tree nuts, cranberries, peaches, and a number of vegetables, such as brassica, tuberous, corm, cucurbit, fruiting and leafy vegetable crops. California, New York and Florida registrations for these crops are pending.

First introduced for use in potatoes, Belay provides long-lasting, fast-acting control of a broad spectrum of challenging pests. Valent also recently announced registrations for new foliar uses of Belay in cotton and soybeans for the 2010 season.

Belay is a third-generation neonicotinoid containing clothianidin, which has the lowest water solubility and tends to provide broader spectrum, longer-lasting control than others in its class. Belay is readily translocated throughout the plant for optimum insect control.

Proven results for new crops

The new crop registrations bring the benefits of Belay to a host of new growers battling a variety of challenging and yield-robbing pests.

According to Carlos Granadino, Valent product development manager, "Belay provides excellent control of pepper weevil, a major pest of peppers in the southeast that causes significant reductions in yield and fruit quality. Growers can never have enough tools available for this pest during the long harvest season. Belay is also highly active on other key pests of vegetables including aphids, thrips, including melon thrips, stink bugs, cucumber beetles, squash bugs and harlequin bugs."

Jeffrey Smith, Valent field market development specialist, said the expanding label for Belay provides widespread benefits in pecans in particular.

“Belay controls the most important pest complex in pecans, making it a nice fit for growers in many states,” Smith said. “Belay is a softer chemistry that stops a wide range of pests in pecans including black and yellow aphids, pecan nut casebearer, pecan weevil and hickory shuckworm, with less concern of flaring other pests such as mites.”

In addition to pecans, John Cranmer, Valent field market development specialist, said Belay is an excellent fit for sweet potato growers facing tough pests, such as the exotic white grub.

“Valent has a new label plus a 2(ee) exemption in place for Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia,” Cranmer said. “Belay at 12 fl oz/A, applied preplant incorporated prior to transplanting the sweet potato slips, controls exotic white grub and suppresses wireworm. Field trials have also shown that Belay controls a broad spectrum of insect pests that are significant problems in sweet potato production. Belay is a new insecticide that is needed by the sweet potato farmers.”

Growers familiar with Clutch® Insecticide in pome fruit and grapes should be aware that those uses transitioned to Belay for the 2010 season in all states other than California.

Overview of new Belay Insecticide registrations:

Pecans and other tree nuts:        

  • Labeled Crops: almond, beech nut, Brazil nut, butternut, cashew, chestnut, chinquapin, hazelnut, hickory nut, macadamia nut, pecan and walnut
  • Application: foliar spray post-bloom

Sweet potatoes and other tuberous and corm vegetables:

  • Labeled Crops: arracacha, arrowroot, artichoke, edible canna, cassava, root chayote, chufa, dasheen, ginger, leren, tanier and turmeric
  • Application: foliar spray or in-furrow or side-dress application

 Brassica head, stem and leafy brassica:

  • Labeled Crops: broccoli, broccoli (Chinese), Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cabbage (Chinese bok choy), cabbage (Chinese mustard), cabbage (Chinese napa), cauliflower, cavalo broccoli, broccoli raab, collards, kale, kohlrabi mustard greens, mizuna, mustard greens, mustard spinach, rape greens
  • Application: soil or foliar spray

Leafy vegetables:
In leafy vegetables, Belay controls insect pests such as aphids, flea beetles and more.

  • Labeled Crops: head lettuce and leaf lettuce, amaranth, arugula, chervil, spinach chrysanthemum (edible-leaved), chrysanthemum (garland), corn salad, cress (garden), cress (upland), dandelion, dock, endive, lettuce, orach, parsley, purslane (garden), purslane (winter), radicchio (red chicory), spinach, spinach (New Zealand), spinach (vine)
  • Application: soil or foliar spray

Fruiting vegetables:
Growers now have a new tool to manage hard-to-control pests including pepper weevil, aphids, Colorado potato beetle and more.

  • Labeled Crops: eggplant, groundcherry, pepino, pepper (including bell pepper, chili pepper, cooking pepper, pimento, sweet pepper), tomatillo, and tomato
  • Application: soil or foliar spray


  • Labeled Crops: cucumber, muskmelon and summer squash
  • Application: soil or foliar spray

Low-growing berries:

  • Labeled Crops: bearberry, bilberry, cloudberry, cranberry, lingonberry and more
  • Application: foliar spray or soil application post-bloom
  • Exception: not yet registered in strawberries

About Valent U.S.A. Corporation
Valent, headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, develops and markets products in the United States and Canada that protect agricultural crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for agricultural and professional use. It differentiates itself from its competitors as a leader in marketing and sales of both biorational and traditional chemical products for modern agriculture.

Valent products include, among others, Belay Insecticide and Clutch Insecticide.