EPA approves Syngenta’s Ballista LFC insecticide

Ballista LFC insecticide is available for broad-spectrum control of soil-dwelling corn insect pests. | File photo

Ballista LFC insecticide from Syngenta is now available for broad-spectrum control of soil-dwelling corn insect pests like corn rootworm (CRW), grubs, maggots and wireworms following EPA approval.

Farmers must decide the correct insecticide to use, considering factors for soil-applied insecticide when planting corn with CRW-traits.

“Consistent and convenient control in an insecticide is a priority for growers looking to protect their yields,” Brent Lackey, product lead for Syngenta, said. “Use of Ballista LFC will be most appropriate on CRW-traited corn in low-pressure areas or when there is a need to control secondary pests not controlled by traits.”

Ballista proved to be able to handle CRW, grubs, maggots and wireworms in Syngenta trials and prevent pests when combined with CRW traits. It is also able to be used with liquid fertilizers for easy application.

Although the EPA has given its approval, many state registrations for the product are still pending.

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