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Behind Botanical Biopesticides: Advantages and application tips for IPM programs

Posted July 20, 2022

Kemin Botanical Biopesticides in IPM Programs

Biological products such as botanical oil-based biopesticides are effective, sustainable, and safe tools for integrated pest management programs. However, many specialty crop growers are still learning how to unlock the advantages of such crop protection tools. We want to further the education of growers on these botanical oil-based products as their mindsets shift toward more sustainable farming methods. This blog shares some key benefits of our miticides-insecticides & repellents line TetraCURB™ and Gemsei™ and multiple application tips growers should know before using them in an IPM program. 

Target Pests

- Mites

- Aphids

- Two-spotted Spider Mites

- Lygus

- Soft-bodied Insects

- Thrips

- Worms

- Whiteflies

- Mealybugs

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD)


Application Tips & Best Practices When Using Botanical Oil-Based Biopesticides

1. Update product rotation in your IPM program

Specialty crop growers committed to reducing insecticide resistance create an IPM program that includes various chemicals with different modes of action in rotation. Growers need to update their rotation programs to avoid pests growing resistant to the chemicals used over time. 



2. Use as a preventative application

Growers should always adopt a proactive approach instead of a reactive one. The IPM programs help prevent the pest populations from growing to an infestation rescue level. Using Kemin botanicals is an effective way to deter pests and stop infestations before they happen. 

3. Understand the application rates

Understand the recommended application rate on the label. While products have a recommended rate based on crop heartiness or phytotoxicity concerns, often the rate indicates the product's performance in trials.

  • Growers should apply a lower rate if there are known phytotoxicity issues in the specific crop
  • Growers should spray at a lower rate consistently to prevent pests throughout the season. The lower rate can often be sprayed repeatedly on crops without risks of phytotoxicity and while keeping pest populations at bay.
  • The highest rate is used for rescue use, or when the pest population has grown to a point where a more aggressive spray is needed. 

4. Calibrate the sprayer

Oil-based biopesticides will be effective only if they make contact with the pest. This means that even application coverage is key to ensuring the product controls pests the way intended. Calibrate your sprayer accordingly based on the product and method. 

5. Follow the application interval guidance

Always follow the recommended interval application period between sprays mentioned on the label. It allows the insects to emerge and the pesticide to attack different life stages of the pests.  Spraying too soon or too late may reduce the effectiveness.  


Kemin Crop Protection Botanical Products


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TetraCURB™ LineTOP Benefits

1. Operations types:

Conventional & organic

2. Use site:

All crops

3. Target pests:

Control mites, aphids, whiteflies, lygus, mealybugs & other small soft-bodied insects

4. Active ingredients:

Naturally occurring compounds are extracted from plants like rosemary, peppermint, clove, castor, and others.

5. Phytotoxicity:

Not observed at labeled rates

6. Modes of action:

Contact kill, repellency, suffocation, paralysis, and desiccation

7. Zero-hour REI

Safe for labor and workers

8. Zero-day PHI  

No disruption to harvest activities

9. MRL Exempt

10. Mixing:

Tank mix partner or stand-alone usage

11. No label restrictions in the number of applications per crop growing cycle

12. Environmentally friendly and a sustainable farming input

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