Gaucho seed-applied insecticide is now federally approved to protect succulent shelled beans and edible podded beans from early season insect pests. The label covers most succulent shelled bean varieties, including runner, snap, wax, asparagus, Chinese longbean, moth, yard-long and jack bean varieties, and edible podded bean varieties, including lima and broad beans, black-eyed pea, cowpea and southern pea.

Applied directly to the seed, Gaucho insecticide protects seeds and seedlings from damage and stand loss caused by both soil and foliar insect pests, including wireworm, seed corn maggot, bean leaf beetle, imported fire ant, and aphids. Gaucho also reduces the population of disease vectors, such as the soybean aphid.

Providing both contact and systemic protection for several weeks after planting, Gaucho helps deliver more plants, healthier stands, and improved crop performance. Independent field trials have shown that snap beans protected with Gaucho out yield untreated plants by an average of 11 bushels per acre, with significantly less plant damage from pests including bean leaf beetle and seed maggots.

“Because Gaucho is applied directly to the seed at low rates that are friendly to the environment, it's easy for growers to use, with no need for chemical container disposal or special planter equipment,” says Jeff Kjellander, vegetable products manager at Gustafson LLC.

“Gaucho is a non-restricted-use pesticide, which makes it safer for workers to handle with minimal personal protective equipment required.

“It can be combined with fungicides on the seed, with no known interactions with herbicides. And because growers don't need to stop to refill insecticide boxes, it allows them to plant more acres per day,” Kjellander says.

First introduced in 1995, Gaucho insecticide is widely used by growers of corn, cotton, sorghum, wheat and canola to protect seeds and seedlings from early season insect pests. Snap bean growers can request the seed-applied protection of Gaucho insecticide when they place their seed order with their seed suppliers.