BASF’s Versys® Inscalis® Insecticide approved for use in California crops

Active ingredient provides effective control of aphids in leafy vegetables and brassica

 

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., August 12, 2020 – BASF’s Versys® insecticide has received registration for use in California on a variety of crop groups, including brassicas/cole crops, leaf and stem vegetables, pome fruit and stone fruit. Versys insecticide delivers effective control against aphids while being gentle on beneficial insects and pollinators.

 

“Aphids can cause serious damage to specialty crops, impacting crop quality, yield and growers’ bottom line,” says Chad Asmus, Product Manager, Specialty Crop Insecticides. “Versys insecticide targets these challenging insects with a unique set of benefits now available to California growers.”

 

Versys insecticide is powered by the Inscalis® insecticide active ingredient, a unique mode of action sub-class (IRAC 9D) which disrupts the sensory responses of target insects to quickly stop their feeding.  As the only IRAC 9D currently registered for use, Versys insecticide gives California growers a new tool to manage insect resistance.

 

The newly available benefits of Versys insecticide to California growers include:

 

  • Fast onset of action: Versys insecticide quickly stops feeding damage
  • Unique mode of action class: Versys insecticide has been classified by the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) as the only member in the new mode of action subgroup 9D
  • Complements parasitic and predatory control: Versys insecticide preserves beneficial insects for Integrated Pest Management
  • No pollinator restrictions:  Versys insecticide offers application freedom with a pollinator compatible mindset

 

Versys insecticide joins its sister product Sefina® Inscalis insecticide, which also controls key piercing and sucking insects in a variety of row and specialty crops, including cucurbits, fruiting vegetables, cotton and citrus. Sefina insecticide received registration for use in California in June 2020.

 

To learn more, contact your local BASF representative or visit https://agriculture.basf.us/crop-protection/products/versys.html.

 

 

About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division

 

With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2019, our division generated sales of €7.8 billion. For more information, please visit www.agriculture.basf.com or any of our social media channels.

 

 

About BASF

 

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 18,800 employees in North America and had sales of $18.4 billion in 2019.  For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.com/us.

 

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 117,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2019. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.

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