During a tough year where we’ve seen excessive rain, planting delays and uncertainty in demand, taking every measure possible to protect your crops’ yield and profit potential is critical. This, in combination with the reality of rising input costs have led some growers to consider limiting or cutting insecticide applications all together. There is a better way.
Heligen® is a nucleopolyhedrovirus (NPV)-based biological insecticide designed to selectively control corn earworm (CEW) in many crops like soybeans, sorghum and corn. Heligen offers significant advantages over synthetic chemicals – here’s why:
It’s Economical: When applied proactively, Heligen® costs as low as $3/acre. The key is to apply early, below “threshold,” on small larvae. By taking this proactive approach, you get out ahead of corn earworms before they have the chance to build in the crop. Waiting until you reach “threshold” means higher rates, costs and potentially impacting yield. Be proactive. Because of the price, you can spray Heligen at first appearance of small corn earworms (less than ½ inch) and still grow a profitable crop.
It’s Effective: We know that an infestation of CEW can drastically reduce yield – treated or not. In sorghum, just 1 larvae/head can mean 5-10% yield loss. Why spray a pyrethroid and sacrifice results, or wait to spray an expensive systemic insecticide? Applying a single, well-timed Heligen® application on flowering sorghum and soybeans or corn at tassel-emergence will provide a high level of control for weeks as it replicates in the field (depending on conditions).
It’s Safe: Heligen® is OMRI-certified organic, which means it can be applied on crops grown for organic production and consumption. Made with food-grade ingredients, Heligen® is safe for applicators, animals and the environment. Heligen® has no impact to beneficial insects, which can help keep target pests below threshold when left to multiply in the crop. Disrupting this ecological cycle by spraying harmful, non-selective insecticides can cause secondary pests like Sugarcane Aphid to flare – triggering the need for additional and expensive applications. For example, fields treated in Kansas last season (2018) with Heligen® didn’t require additional sprays for SCA (sugarcane aphid) or CEW. One application at flowering effectively controlled CEW through to harvest and allowed beneficial insects to keep SCA populations below threshold.