A good start for young tomato plants is the first step to realizing a higher-quality crop and better tomato yields, since early season vigor drives plant and fruit development. That requires protection from sucking and chewing pests from day one.
Using an insect control product early in the crop cycle helps protect tender seedlings from feeding damage and transmission of pest-vectored diseases, including whitefly-vectored tomato yellow leaf curl virus and thrips-vectored tomato spotted wilt virus, when used as part of a virus management program. DuPont™ Verimark® insect control offers a new mode of action against a cross spectrum of difficult-to-control pests such as whitefly, thrips, aphids, psyllids, leafminers and lepidopteran species.
Verimark® offers application flexibility and can be delivered through transplant water or tray drench at 13.5 fluid ounces per acre or via drip chemigation at 10.0 fluid ounces per acre. No more than two applications of Verimark® or other Group 28 products should be made per generation to the same insect pest on a crop.
According to University of Florida researchers, tomato plants treated with Verimark® flowered two to three days earlier than those treated with the grower standard insect control program. But the key benefit was seen at harvest. In central Florida large-plot demonstrations, tomato plants treated with Verimark® in transplant water drench produced more high-quality fruit compared to the grower standard.
The EPA registered label contains the statement, “This product is highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment on blooming crops or weeds. Do not apply this product or allow to drift to blooming crops or weeds if bees are foraging in the treatment area.” State registrations for DuPont™ Verimark® insect control are pending. Contact your local DuPont representative for details and availability.
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