Success Neo Insecticide from Dow AgroSciences provides control of a wide range of caterpillar insects in many crops. Reliable control of diamondback moth in forage brassicas gives graziers the potential to again consider this high quality, low cost feed as part of their production system.
Agronomist Dan Sutton from Roberts, Smithton, Tasmania agrees: “They’ll now be able to grow forage brassicas without fear of losses that have plagued intensive farming. It crosses over dairy, sheep and beef operations. A lot of the mixed cropping operations will be able to now consider forage brassicas as part of their farming enterprises, with Success NEO delivering outstanding diamondback moth control. It’s very effective.”
Forage brassicas can provide quick and abundant feed, with high digestibility, energy, and protein, resulting in excellent livestock weight gains. Forage brassicas also provide a ‘break’ in the cycle for weeds and disease and can inhibit the growth of disease-producing organisms and reduce the incidence of nematodes.
While producers have long been aware of the benefits of forage brassicas, the major downside has been the risk of large-scale crop damage posed by diamondback moth. The risk of crop loss is so high in some areas that farmers have turned away from growing forage brassicas and have actively been looking for alternatives. Diamondback moth (DBM) is so prevalent in Australia in spring and summer that it is normal to find larvae (caterpillars) in forage crops such as turnips, rape or Pasja.
Diamondback Moth have become resistant to most of the current chemical options. Resistance to synthetic pyrethroids and organophosphates is now so widespread as to render these older chemicals ineffective. Although these chemicals are ineffective on DBM they continue to be used for other pests. As they are broad spectrum products, they decimate beneficial insect populations, biological control fails and the result is even worse crop damage.
Success Neo Insecticide gives excellent control of DBM, and since it is also selective to the main beneficial insects, it allows them to provide a secondary means of control. It has a high level of environmental and user safety and defined stockfeed withholding periods make it easy to manage.