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FMC Provides Answers to Aphid Outbreak in Winter Wheat


PHILADELPHIA – Mild winter temperatures have resulted in increased aphid populations in winter wheat located in the Midwest and Southern regions. Growers need to consider treating for aphids before populations exceed manageable amounts. Now is the time to protect yield with a timely insecticide application. With proven results and convenient applications, Mustang Max® insecticide, by FMC Corporation, is an effective choice to control aphids and other key pests. 

Aphids have piercing and sucking mouthparts and feed on plant liquids. In addition to the physical plant damage their feeding habits cause, aphids transmit diseases, such as barley yellow dwarf virus (BYD), resulting in stunted growth and subsequent yield reduction.

“Recent data from the University of Tennessee has shown a yield increase of six to seven bushels resulting from a foliar pyrethroid insecticide application for aphids,” said Rusty Mitchell, FMC Agricultural Products regional technical sales lead.

Mustang Max insecticide provides quick knockdown with long pyrethroid residual and repellency. In addition to controlling aphids, Mustang Max insecticide provides control of armyworms, cereal leaf beetles and grasshoppers. It can be applied alone or in tank mixes with fungicides, post herbicides, and foliar fertilizers for aphid control. 

“Due to our mild winter, growers should also be on the lookout for armyworms over the next three to four weeks,” adds Mitchell. “These armyworms can not only affect the leaves of the plant, but they can also clip the head of the plant, resulting in additional yield loss.” 

For more information on Mustang Max insecticide and other FMC crop protection products, please visit your local retailer or local FMC Retail Manager.

About FMC Corporation
FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. In 2011, FMC had annual sales of approximately $3.4 billion. The company employs approximately 5,000 people throughout the world, and operates its businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Chemicals. 

Always read and follow label directions. Mustang Max is a restricted use pesticide


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