FMC insecticide gets expanded label for fruit, vegetable crops

FMC has received an expanded label from EPA and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for the use of Hero EW for insect control in fruit and vegetable crops.

New labeled uses for Hero EW include insect protection in the fruit and vegetable markets, such as eggplant, peppers (bell and non-bell), tomatoes, head lettuce, head and stem brassica, corn and cotton.

The dual-action technology of Hero provides faster knockdown and longer-lasting residual control, allowing growers to control a broad spectrum of pests.

“Hero EW is unparalleled in providing complete, economical fruit and vegetable insect control,” says Houston Joost, insecticide product development manager at FMC Corporation. “The state-of-the-art pyrethroid technology of Hero makes it an excellent value and allows growers in the fruit and vegetable markets to maximize the quality of their crops and boost overall yields each year.”

Hero EW provides superior knockdown of mites, lepidoptera, worms and a wide variety of other insect pests in eggplant, peppers and tomatoes.

When applied on head lettuce, brassicas and succulent peas and beans, Hero stops larval insect feeding before damage (and often consequent disease) decreases overall yields and profits.

Other key insects controlled by Hero EW include thrips, cutworms, armyworms, leafhoppers, loopers and other pests. For a complete list of insects controlled in each crop segment, visit to obtain a copy of the product label.

Hero EW holds a “Caution” signal word and has a 12-hour re-entry interval (REI). Hero can be used via a foliar application or through chemigation at rates ranging from 2.8 ounces per acre to 11.2 ounces per acre, depending on pest pressure and crop segment.

For maximum control of pests, Hero can be applied as a tank-mix with other insecticides and with fungicides as part of an overall plant health program for fruit and vegetable crop segments.

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