When mites, soft-bodied insects, or lepidopteran pests threaten your field, preventative sprays with botanical oil-based biopesticides are key to success. As an expert in essential oils, Kemin Crop Technologies supplies growers with contact miticides, insecticides, and repellents. Our products are made with a proprietary rosemary oil blend and garlic oil that effectively controls key pests thanks to their multiple modes of action.
More specialty crop growers want to shift towards sustainable and efficient farming methods. With the growing awareness and adoption of botanicals in IPM programs, there comes a need for information. We want to bring growers' education on botanicals to the next level and show them how to unlock the advantages of our crop protection tools.
Kemin's botanical products can be used in both conventional and organic operations, or for conventional fields that want to convert to organic!
Biologicals are formated from natural ingredients and compounds. The plant oils in our products work to organically protect your crops from pest infestations. Living with Bugs explains the ways that plants can help plants in pest management, "Plants use self-created pesticides as a form of defense against diseases, herbivores, and insects. The insecticides made with these natural pesticides have minimal to no toxic effect on the environment while acting fast to tackle insects.". Biologicals offer effective alternative solutions for organic farmers.
Biopesticides are not only effective but also a sustainable way to protect crops. According to the Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA), "Biological products provide an effective solution to increasing quality and yield while meeting the industry demand for sustainable controls."
Biologicals are gaining traction as awareness grows and it is important for farmers to educate themselves. As a highly effective alternative to conventional pesticides, using botanicals could be a beneficial addition to your IPM program.
The love for complex plants and their naturally derived active ingredients is common to all Kemin team members. Our passion stems from decades of experience with our scientifically-advanced and sustainably grown plant lines and for discovering new plant-based solutions we bring to consumers.
At Kemin Crop Technologies, we trust the oils we get from the Kemin labs. Our research and development staff excel in identifying and analyzing different plants that naturally produce molecules, extracting their oil to create a consistent, high-quality, and reliable supply of active ingredients to formulate superior and effective botanically-derived insecticides.
Botanicals are not disruptive to harvest activities.
This allows growers to spray when they need, at any time up to and including the day of harvest, and still have a safe product for workers and consumers.
They are safe for labor and workers.
Botanicals mix well with many other products allowing for un-planned additions or substitutions in an IPM program, as they can also be used as stand-alone. Always follow labeled tank mix guidelines when adding new biologicals to a chemical mix.
Our biologicals have a more targeted approach and application, hence helping to have little to no effect on non-target insects, including beneficials.
Botanical oil-based biopesticides are made of essential oil active ingredients that contain complex active compounds that provide multiple modes of action, limiting the likelihood of target pests developing resistance to pesticides.
They don't have restrictions on the number of applications per crop growing cycle, per year, and the number of consecutive applications before rotating to a chemical with different modes of action.
Botanicals are less harmful to the environment as they do not persist after application, hence aiding in achieving the farming goals of sustainable agriculture or organic production.
Some of the grower’s adoption challenges of this product category is the fear of lack of efficacy. We ran our trials with trusted third-party researchers and universities, testing our products with commonly used chemistries. Our trial demonstrated a performance from nature-based products that is as equivalent and sometimes even better than conventional chemistry, without the hurdle of all the restrictions!
How it works: Botanical products typically do not have the same knockdown abilities as conventional tools. Therefore, spraying early and consistently at a lower rate will ensure the pest populations remain manageable throughout the growing season.
Why it matters: The lower rate, most of the time, can be sprayed repeatedly on crops without risks of phytotoxicity and keeping pest populations at bay. At the difference, the highest rate is often for rescue use or when the pest population has grown to a point where a more aggressive spray is needed.
Bottom line: Understanding the pest economic threshold is very important for proper spray applications. It is essential to have a solid IPM program that prevents pest populations from growing to an infestation level.
Conventional chemistries have been pivotal in ensuring crop security for decades. Unfortunately, because those synthetic chemicals are made up of particular, engineered uniform molecules, over time, certain pests can develop resistance to these molecules. Not only that, but they can also induce a persistent buildup of toxic substances in the environment, soil, water, and the crop itself, making them dangerous to people, pets, or livestock. Moreover, their persistent and robust effect can negatively affect beneficial insects, bees, and pollinator populations.
Specialty crop and greenhouse growers committed to preventing insect pesticide resistance create an IPM program that includes various chemicals with different modes of action in rotation, especially if they are using conventional chemistries.
The good news is products like Kemin’s biologicals contain active ingredients that work through multiple modes of action in one single product already. This helps growers reduce the number of chemicals that must be applied and the likelihood of insects developing resistance.
Kemin Crop Technologies is advancing the future of sustainable agriculture. We are helping growers adopt the use of biologicals at the farm level with biopesticides designed for specialty crops. Find the best fit for your field by searching for pest- or crop-specific solutions.