New Greenhouse Crop Protection Tools from Vestaron, OHP

Ornamental and greenhouse vegetable growers have a few new resources in their battle against major insect pests.

Vestaron and BFG Supply have signed a distribution agreement to bring Spear-T to ornamental and greenhouse vegetable growers.


“We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with BFG Supply to bring this new technology to greenhouse growers,” says Ben Cicora, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Vestaron. “BFG’s market presence and industry knowledge will be critical to expand the uses of not only Spear-T but also the new products following close behind.”

Both Cicora and BFG Category Manager for Crop Protection, Todd Regenscheid, are pleased with the new partnership and its clear message to the industry.

“BFG Supply’s goal is to present new and revolutionary technology to our customers and stay on the front edge of resistance management as a resource for growers,” Regenscheid says. “The new peptide technology form Vestaron fills a great need in the market for environmentally friendly crop protection chemistries and resistance management tools. This is the type of product our customers are looking for as a safe and versatile rotation partner in integrated pest management programs.”

Spear-T controls the four major greenhouse pests – aphids, spider mites, thrips, and whiteflies – as efficiently as conventional insecticides, and with the safety and sustainability of biologicals. With an excellent safety profile for pollinators and other beneficials, Spear-T also has a short 4-hour restricted-entry interval and 0-day pre-harvest interval.

OHP Sarsia and PradiaOHP Adds Sarisa, Pradia Insecticides to Portfolio

OHP recently introduced Sarisa Insecticide, a new product for broad-spectrum control of insect pests on ornamental greenhouse and nursery stock.

The active ingredient in Sarisa, cyclaniliprole, provides extended residual protection against key nursery and greenhouse pests such as thrips, beetles including flea beetles and Japanese beetles, armyworms, gypsy moths, loopers, plant bugs, lace bugs, and leafminers.

A diamide insecticide, Sarisa provides quick knockdown and residual activity of sucking as well as chewing insects with its novel mode of action, and has a four-hour Restricted Entry Interval (REI).

The active ingredient in Sarisa assists in the conservation of many beneficial insects such as predatory mites, parasitic wasps, and lady beetles, says Dr. Carlos Bográn, OHP Manager Technical Services.

“The selectivity of the active ingredient allows beneficial insects and other arthropods to continue to manage secondary pests,” Bográn says, making Sarisa compatible with IPM and resistance management programs.

Sarisa is formulated as a user-friendly soluble concentrate that may be tank mixed with appropriate partners. The use of a spreader sticker may help performance.

OHP also recently introduced Pradia Insecticide to the ornamental nursery and greenhouse markets.

Pradia is a broad-spectrum, innovative, and novel combination product developed for control of both sucking and chewing insect pests on ornamentals.

The combination of active ingredients – cyclaniliprole and flonicamid — provides quick knockdown and lengthy residual activity of many troublesome pests including whiteflies, thrips, aphids, leafminers, armyworms, moths and caterpillars, loopers, plant bugs, Japanese beetles, lace bugs, and beetles including flea beetles.

“The systemic and contact activity offered by Pradia makes it an ideal choice for use on hard-to-control sucking and chewing insect pests,” Bográn says. “The combination of two active ingredients with overlapping spectrums of control will also aid in preventing resistance to diamide insecticides on key pests such as thrips, whiteflies, and aphids.”

Compatible with parasitic wasps, predatory mites, and lady beetles, Pradia is ideal for use as a tool in an IPM program.

Pradia is formulated as a user-friendly soluble concentrate in quart containers and has a 12-hour REI.

New Herbicide From OHP

FireWorxx from OHP is an OMRI-listed, fast-acting biological herbicide that is active against weeds, algae, and moss.

Using a non-staining ammonium soap of fatty acids, FireWorxx is a non-selective herbicide that controls or suppresses many troublesome weeds such as bittercress, chickweed, groundsel, dandelions, oxalis, and grasses.

FireWorxx may be used on weeds, algae, and moss, in greenhouses, nurseries, landscaped areas, flower gardens, around buildings and sidewalks, in gravel, and in other areas. Users should be aware not to spray on desirable plants. FireWorxx can be used in cooler weather conditions.

FireWorxx has a 12-hour Restricted Entry Interval (REI) and Caution Signal Word.