FMC Corporation and Dow AgroSciences LLC announce the introduction of Double Threat, a new product for full-spectrum insect control in cotton.

Now growers have access to a powerful, yet convenient dual mode-of-action insecticide that controls all major cotton pests. Double Threat gives growers the flexibility to plant conventional high yielding cotton varieties while still managing worm pests. It's a good value compared to the costs associated with Bt varieties.

Double Threat brings together two great insecticide chemistries — bifenthrin from FMC and spinosad from Dow AgroSciences. The new mixture provides dual modes of action and uses separate insect target sites to aid in insect resistance management.

This combination provides optimal control of a full spectrum of insects including plant bugs, bollworms, thrips, budworms, brown and green stinkbugs, boll weevils, beet, fall and southern armyworms, and fleahoppers.

“We're excited to be working with FMC to bring this new insecticide choice to cotton growers,” says Lee Conway, product marketing manager, Dow AgroSciences. “Double Threat will give unsurpassed, residual performance against a full spectrum of insects, including the top ranking seven cotton pests. Plus, it attacks below threshold insects that negatively impact yields.”

Double Threat allows producers to plant the cotton variety most suited for their individual agronomic situations in order to maximize yields and fiber quality.

“When compared to other insecticide programs, Double Threat is more cost-effective,” states, Brenda Franke, product manager, FMC Corporation.

“It provides better insect control than single-chemistry insecticides and is more economical than mixing products together. Also, recent research shows that with Bt varieties there are fiber quality dockages of approximately $38 per acre, yield drags costing $32 per acre, and tech fees of $30 per acre.

“By using Double Threat with conventional cotton rather than planting a Bt variety, you can increase your profit per acre by about $60. That makes Double Threat a great value.”

As part of the multi-year, collaborative agreement between FMC and Dow AgroSciences, Double Threat is offered as a co-pack in 2002. However, growers and retailers will notice that one side of the container will be fuller than the other part.

“Growers don't need to worry when they see the uneven amount for each chemistry,” Franke explains. “We worked with cotton consultants and used their recommendations to determine the ideal ratio of ingredients. And, this was the best unique single-opening, divided container available.”

One container will treat up to 40 acres depending on the type of insect and infestation level. In 2003, Double Threat will be formulated as a pre-mixed product.

Although the product is a joint effort between the two companies, FMC will market and fully service the product for the Delta, Southeast and Texas cotton.

EPA registration is expected for the use season. The product will not be available for sale in Arizona and California.

For more information about Double Threat, call your local FMC account representative, the toll-free FMC Agricultural Products Information Line at 1-888-59-FMC-AG, or visit the FMC Website at ag.fmc.com.