This Reason Alone Should Have Alfalfa Growers Excited About BASF's Latest Innovation Sefina?Mon, 11 Mar 2019 13:10:14 CDT
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn visited with Duane Rathmann, field technical services with BASF, during the 2019 Commodity Classic in Orlando last week to talk about a new insecticide called, Sefina.
Sefina, unlike most insecticides, is not a restricted use product and is derived from a fermentation process of naturally occurring fungus and is powered by a new active ingredient, 'Inscalis', the first of its kind from a novel chemical class 'Pyropenes.’
According to Rathmann, Sefina is unique in that it is very specific in what it will and will not control.
“What it will control is what’s called ‘piercing-sucking’ insects. That would be a short list of things like aphids and leaf hoppers,” he explained. “The nice thing is - it really doesn’t affect natural predators. So, if you let Mother Nature do her job along with Sefina, you don’t get the relapse or re-treat problems you do with the side effects of products that control all insects, both harmful and beneficial.”
At present, Sefina’s label is specifically geared toward targeting soybean aphids which are primarily only problematic for soybean growers in the upper Midwest. However, Rathmann says that in 2020, the label will be extended for use against insects like thrips and pea aphids - common pests found here in Oklahoma alfalfa fields.
Knowing that, Rathmann encourages producers in Oklahoma to pay attention this coming year and consider using Sefina in their management programs. You can hear Rathmann and Horn discuss this product more in depth, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
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