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Herbicide Adjuvant Guide

Citrus

BIOPEST offers a premium IPM solution for citrus to assist the control of scale and sucking pests. BIOPEST's unique efficacy and safety provides excellent pest control and minimises the risk of fruit or plant damage. SUMMER is also registered to assist the control of scale and certain sucking pests in citrus. A range of SACOA adjuvants such as CROPSHIELD can be used to improve the efficacy of pesticide sprays in citrus.

SACOA's Citrus IPM Products

SACOA offers a range of products suitable for citrus IPM programs:

SACOA BIOPEST Paraffinic Oil

  • A premium quality iso-paraffinic oil for use as a biorational pesticide in citrus, cotton & other horticulture. It acts as a versatile insecticide, fungicide, manager of aphid-transmitted viruses & carrier/adjuvant. Click here to read more about BIOPEST's potential roles

SACOA SUMMER Insecticidal Oil

  • A proven & economically priced summer spraying oil. Suitable as a carrier & effective pesticide for use in horticulture & cotton.

SACOA PLANTOCROP Spray Adjuvant

  • A specially formulated esterified seed oil designed to enhance the penetrating properties of both post-emergent herbicides & pyrethroid insecticides. Endorsed by Syngenta for use with Topik® it is particularly suitable for cold water applications.

Using BIOPEST in Citrus IPM Programs

BIOPEST is a highly refined food-grade iso-paraffinic oil formulation designed for use as a fungicide, insecticide, to manage certain aphid-transmitted viruses and as a quality adjuvant.

With an unmatched level of purity BIOPEST represents the most advanced attempt yet to provide growers with an IPM product capable of controlling multiple, unrelated pests and fungal diseases simultaneously.

BIOPEST, as an advanced biorational pesticide and adjuvant, is an essential citrus IPM solution due to:

  • Proven effectiveness in disease and pest control
  • Simultaneous management of a range of fungal diseases and pests
  • No Pest Resistance
  • Ability to modify pest behaviour
  • Minimal impact on beneficial insects
  • Not persistent in the environment
  • Low toxicity to animals and grower


Click here to read more about BIOPEST.

In a nutshell the use of BIOPEST in citrus IPM programs should involve:

  • A Proactive Approach Proactive spraying is essential to IPM programs and when using BIOPEST. Set pest thresholds, monitor and spray when necessary. This will avoid the expense of having to manage high or extreme pest levels.
  • Five Principles for Application High water volumes of between 8,000 - 15,000L/Ha depending on tree size
  • Rates of between 0.5% - 1%
  • Ideally, multiple applications
  • Thorough coverage of the plant
  • Constant agitation in the tank

The following provides further detail on using BIOPEST effectively in citrus IPM programs.

Spray Timing Guide

Click here for a guide to assist the timing of BIOPEST sprays for the management of citrus pests.

Timings Will Vary

This chart provides a suggested approach to IPM program timings.
The timings of insect activity noted here are a guide only, as activity can vary with different seasons.

In general activity commences earlier the further north the planting. Hence regular monitoring of orchards is essential.

How BIOPEST Works

Click here to read more about how BIOPEST works as an IPM pesticide.

Product Registration

BIOPEST and SUMMER are registered to assist in the control of the following citrus pests and diseases:

Management of Citrus Weeds

Whilst total elimination of weeds is not necessarily ideal due to the detrimental impact of their removal on dust & heat conditions, their active management is necessary. This generally involves both herbicide use & sod culture (i.e. cultivation of selected grasses/legumes) as well as mowing during winter periods in southern regions.

SACOA's SUMMER or PLANTOCROP will assist the efficacy of selected herbicides used for weed management.

Tank Mixing

It is important to ensure safety and compatibility when mixing spray products.

Chemical Compatibilities

Always refer to specific product labels prior to mixing to confirm compatibility.

Caution on Multiple Tank Mixes

Tank mixes involving multiple chemicals should be avoided where possible due to the difficulty in calculating their combined effect on pests, plant, soil and the environment.

Understanding the Quality of New Technology Spray Oils

The quality of a spray oil is critical and will define two things:

  • How effective it will work in assisting in the control of pests and diseases.
  • How safe it will be to the plant and fruit.

There is a lot of difference between available spray oils, with a number of factors influencing product quality. These in turn influence spray efficacy and plant safety. Understanding these details allows you to choose and use the right oil for your situation.