Get a Jump Start on 2015 with the FMC Early Order Program

Now, through December 12, you can purchase popular FMC products at current pricing but defer payment on select products until June 10, 2015 with the FMC Early Order Program. That’s huge! With more products and incentives than ever before, the FMC 2014 Early Order Program offers significant savings, a Build Your Own Bonus program and extended terms on its most popular turf and ornamental products. The program features an amazing early incentive that grants participants an additional rebate of 50% more than the base rebate for purchases of qualifying products from September 15 to October 31, 2014. The base rebate is still competitive in November and December, too. Popular FMC products included in the program are Dismiss®, Dismiss® South, Dismiss® CA, Blindside®, Echelon®, Solitare®, QuickSilver® and SquareOne® herbicides, Onyx®, OnyxPro®, Aria® and Talstar® insecticides; and — new this year — Disarm® fungicides, Triple Crown® insecticides and Xonerate® herbicide. In addition to the early incentive, participants are eligible for a new B.Y.O.B. — or Build Your Own Bonus — program this year. When participants purchase combinations of qualifying products from any two or all three FMC product lines (fungicides, herbicides or insecticides), they can multiply their entire base rebate by a corresponding percentage. To be eligible for the B.Y.O.B. Bonus, participants need only purchase a minimum of $500 of FMC herbicides or insecticides or $1,000 of FMC fungicides. For an example of the B.Y.O.B., if your base earned rebate falls between $200 and $999, you can earn an additional 5% of your entire base rebate if you purchased two product lines and 10% if you purchased all three product lines....

Triple Crown + Dispatch: A Mole Cricket Control Success Story

This blog was reposted with permission from Aquatrols. Mole crickets are a familiar foe for superintendents in the southeastern United States. While these pests like to feed on roots and leaves, the biggest threat to turfgrass stems from their extensive underground tunneling. Adult mole crickets create underground tunnels – sometimes up to three feet in length – that can sever roots and cause turf to protrude upwards. Damage at the surface often appears in the form of raised brown or bare patches. Superintendent John Ramsey is no stranger to mole crickets. He’s spent 13 years on the maintenance crew at Gulf Shores Golf Club in coastal Alabama and is now in his fourth season as the club’s superintendent. Ramsey knows the kind of havoc these pests can wreak if left unchecked. He and his crew made the decision to forgo pre-treatment for mole crickets early in the 2014 season. Ramsey instead chose to monitor mole cricket activity on his course and deal with the pests after their “fly-in” and mating period ended in early summer. Battling mole crickets after the mating season means timing an insecticide application perfectly. Adult mole crickets lay their eggs underground in late spring before eventually dying off. Young mole crickets in the nymph stage pose little threat to turfgrass. However, as they begin to mature, their tunneling behavior (and threat to turfgrass) increases exponentially. If an insecticide is applied too early, superintendents run the risk of missing out on eggs that have yet to hatch. Wait too long, however, and it becomes more difficult to eradicate mature mole crickets. Ramsey monitored the maturation process...

Bright Ideas: Mole Crickets Meet their Match

Mole crickets are tough. And the ones on Daufuskie Island just might be the toughest. I’ve seen them burrow through sand, turf, rocky soil, even ice. They are the worst pest we have out here… they are a constant problem. My usual defense is a wall-to-wall spring application of imidacloprid coupled with spot treatments of bifenthrin. This year, though, I tried a new liquid product, Triple Crown® Golf insecticide* from FMC, on the holes hit hardest by mole crickets. I chose Triple Crown because it offers a formulation of my usual go-to active ingredients—FMC bifenthrin and imidacloprid—plus a little something extra. That extra is FMC zeta-cypermethrin, an active ingredient developed by FMC that brings incredible speed of kill. In early May 2014, I sprayed the green slopes of a few holes with heavy cricket pressure to create a barrier around the greens. Within a week, the length of time for new mole crickets to emerge and begin their damage, the crickets were gone. But even better, Triple Crown works on contact as well as translaminar and systemic activity, providing protection against sucking pests that feed on a plant’s vascular system as well as foliar-feeding insects. This means I kill not only mole crickets but other pests like fire ants, grubs, billbugs and more. Today, six weeks after I sprayed, the mole crickets are still gone. It’s been nice to not have to worry about them. Now I can move on to my other constant headache—salinity. *Triple Crown Golf Insecticide is a Restricted Use Product (RUP).   Nick Bright is the superintendent at Melrose Golf Club in Daufuskie Island, SC....

Q&A on Triple Crown® Golf Insecticide

We launched our new triple-action insecticide, Triple Crown® Golf insecticide* at the Golf Industry Show in February and golf course superintendents are using it for the first time this spring. We’re excited about this new triple-action product and wanted to answer a few questions about it: What is Triple Crown® Golf insecticide? Triple Crown is a multi-action solution designed to protect your course from damaging turf pests. It features a multi-action formulation for fast-acting, long-lasting**, broad-spectrum*** control of above- and below-ground turf pests. What are the active ingredients in Triple Crown? Triple Crown is a unique combination of FMC bifenthrin, zeta-cypermethrin and imidacloprid. Because of its unique combination, Triple Crown controls above- and below-ground turf pests with multiple modes of action, providing protection for your course. What pests does Triple Crown control? Triple Crown controls more than 30 turf pests, including masked chafer grubs (Northern and Southern), European chafer grubs, fire ants, chinch bugs, annual bluegrass weevils, ticks, billbugs, mites and more. How does Triple Crown work? Triple Crown Golf insecticide works through contact, translaminar and systemic activity, making it a valuable tool against sucking pests that feed on a plant’s vascular system, as well as foliar-feeding turf pests. It provides protection both above and below ground. Looking for more information on Triple Crown? Check out this blog for data on Triple Crown’s performance against turf pests compared to competing products. *Triple Crown Golf insecticide is a restricted use product. **As tested in field trials in 2013 versus competitive products on annual bluegrass weevils, lasius ants, chinch bugs, bluegrass billbugs, masked chafer grubs and mole crickets. *** Label has...