CHEMICAL UPDATE: TURFGRASS INSECTICIDES

This is the second segment of Grounds Maintenance's “Chemical Update” series. Revised each year to provide a current and comprehensive guide to pesticides registered for turf and landscape ornamentals, we publish the Updates throughout the year, covering the gamut of chemical tools available to turf and landscape professionals.

This Update covers turfgrass insecticides. We'll publish subsequent Updates throughout 2002, listing turf fungicides, fertilizer/pesticide combinations, pesticides for ornamentals, PGRs and nonselective chemicals.

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The Updates are presented in table format because this is the most practical way to let you cross-reference pests and the chemicals available for their control. At the same time, it allows us to provide other useful information, such as chemical class, form of application and plant tolerances, in a simple and clear format.

Here's a rundown of the features you'll find in this Update:

  • Chemical names

    We list chemicals by active ingredient because many are available in numerous brands and from many suppliers. For example, this Update lists no less than 10 suppliers of chlorpyrifos. This active ingredient is most commonly recognized as Dursban, but also goes by several other brand names. If we treated each brand separately, it would make the tables far larger and more repetitive.

    To see the selection of brands that use a given active ingredient, see “Insecticide sources,” on page Golf 10.

  • Chemical class

    This column shows you which chemical “family” a product belongs to. This is important to know when you're trying to plan a chemical rotation program to reduce pest resistance.

  • Mode of action

    This section indicates whether the chemical affects the pest as a result of ingestion or physical contact (or both).

  • Form of application

    You'll then see which forms of application are available for each chemical: bait, dust, granular or spray. This allows you to determine if a product is available in a form that fits your preferred method of application.

  • Insects controlled

    This is the “meat” of the Insecticide Update. The column headings list all the major turf pests, and these are cross-referenced with the chemicals that include these pests on their labels (or at least allow the use, even if the pests are not specifically listed).

  • Suppliers and contact information

    Following the “Insects controlled” section, you'll see a listing of brands and suppliers for all the chemicals listed in the Update. In addition, we provide phone numbers and Web site addresses for the suppliers listed to aid you in pursuing additional product information.

  • Blue type

    You'll notice several listings in blue type. This indicates active ingredients or combinations of active ingredients that are new to the Updates this year.

    Actually, some of the blue listings this year are for chemicals that aren't especially new. For example, 1,3-dichloropropene has been available for years as Telone, but has recently been marketed as Curfew; Steinernema scapterisci came and went in the professional market and now is back once again; B-cyfluthrin is a new version of an older chemical. Regardless, the blue listings are there to draw your attention to options that you may not have been aware of previously.

Follow the label

Label instructions are the ultimate guide to proper use of pesticides. This Update lists products that are labeled — either specifically or more generally — in a manner that allows the uses indicated. However, many exceptions, special situations, and state and local restrictions may apply. In other words, just because we show here that a chemical can control a certain pest, that doesn't mean that you can use it on all sites, in all states or under all conditions.

Therefore, use these tables for preliminary planning only. Always read and follow label instructions for each chemical you use. This Update is not a substitute for label information.

Labels can sometimes be confusing. If you are unsure about using a ceratin product in your location, contact the nearest cooperative extension office, or your county agricultural agent.

Also, company Web sites often provide sections where you can ask technical questions, in addition to obtaining labels and MSDS's online. Suppliers often maintain toll-free phone numbers for the same purpose.

Look for other Chemical Updates throughout 2002. March covers turf fungicides, April will show combination products and others will follow.

SUPPLIER CONTACT INFORMATION

Agrisel USA Inc.
678-441-0030
www.agrisel.com

Amvac Chemical Corp.
888-GO-AMVAC
www.amvac-chemical.com

Andersons
419-893-5050
www.andersonsgolfproducts.com

Aventis
800-843-1702
www.aventischipco.com

BASF Corp.
800-545-9525
www.turffacts.com

Bayer Corporation
800-842-8020
www.bayerprocentral.com

Becker-Underwood
800-232-5907
www.beckerunderwood.com

Dow AgroSciences
800-258-3033
www.dowagro.com

Ecogen Inc.
215-757-1590
www.ecogeninc.com

FMC Specialty Products
800-321-1FMC
www.fmc-apgspec.com

Howard Johnson Enterprises
800-298-4656
www.hjefertilizer.com

Lebanon Seaboard
800-233-0628
www.lebturf.com

LESCO
800-321-5325
www.lesco.com

Micro Flo
800-451-8461
www.microflocompany.com

Monterey Chemical Co.
559-449-2100
www.montereychemical.com

Opti-Gro
800-527-9919
www.opti-gro.com

PBI/Gordon Corp.
800-821-7925
www.trimec.com
www.pbigordon.com

Prentiss Inc.
516-326-1919
www.prentiss.com

Regal Chemical Co.
800-621-5208
www.regalchem.com

Rockland Corp.
800-543-1311

Syngenta
800-334-9481
www.syngenta.com

TopPro Specialties
800-888-5948
www.topprospecialties.com

Troy Biosciences
800-448-2843
www.troybiosciences.com

United Horticultural Supply (UHS)
303-487-9000
www.uhsonline.com

Valent USA
800-89-VALENT
www.valent.com

Valent Biosciences
800-323-9597
www.valentbiosciences.com

Wellmark International
800-248-7763

Company Web sites often allow you to access pesticide labels online. Another resource for labels is www.cdms.net, which lets you access most labels from most chemical companies.

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