Oro Agri: WETCIT Duo as a new addition
Oro Agri has been hard at work developing new products for their customers. WETCIT is one of these products and is starting to prove itself.Orowet® Technology is a unique blend of cold-pressed orange oil, a completely renewable raw material, in patented mixtures with various surfactants and is used as a base to manufacture a range of different product types. The technology has various applications depending on the formulation, the applied concentration and the registration as required for crop protection products in various countries.
VariousOrowet formulations are currently manufactured in South Africa. These products are easily biodegradable and therefore have a low impact on the environment and beneficial insect populations. Many growers have become used to the excellent wetting properties of WETCIT®, a registered surfactant. Many vegetables, wine grape and citrus growers especially are using the bio-pesticide Prev-Am® for control of insects, mites and certain fungi without the burden of chemical residues at harvest. The soil conditioner, ORO-SOIL®, has assisted many growers during the past two seasons to make the most of irrigation water by improving water use efficiency in orchards and vegetables.
Oro Agri on WETCIT Duo
A recently approved new registration has made the technology even more user-friendly for growers. WETCIT Duo effectively combines the surfactant and pesticidal properties of Orowet Technology into one product. At low concentrations (25-200 ml/100 L) it can be applied as a surfactant, while at higher rates (from 200 ml and higher) WETCIT Duo can be used as an effective bio-pesticide with contact action against various insects, mites and fungi with crop-specific registrations.
When used as a surfactant, growers can expect excellent wetting and spreading properties, effectively improving spray coverage and droplet penetration into dense crop foliage.
Growers will also note that leaf wetness from dew or fog are significantly reduced, as plant foliage treated with WETCIT Duo dries off faster in high humidity conditions. By adapting the rate of use, growers can safely achieve different objectives depending on the problems that they are facing. Lower rates will assist with normal wetting and spreading of droplets, while higher rates will enhance the efficacy of pesticides to improve control of certain pests and diseases. At 200 ml/100 L, the product will also enhance the uptake of systemic herbicides. The versatility, safety and efficacy of WETCIT Duo on many different crops and growth stages are the main reasons why many farmers choose to have only this one surfactant in their store.
As a bio-pesticide, WETCIT Duo is registered on crops like citrus, wine grapes and tomatoes to name a few. The active ingredient, cold-pressed orange oil, has a direct contact action on soft-bodied pests and exposed mycelia and spores of certain fungi, making it ideal for use in an integrated pest control programme. WETCIT Duo is registered on various crops to control pests such as whiteflies, aphids, mites, mealybugs and powdery mildew, among others.
WETCIT Duo can be used as a stand-alone pesticide alternated with residual chemicals, or close to harvest on registered crops since the product has no pre-harvest withholding period. Because of the non-residual properties of the product it is often successfully applied in integrated biological control programmes and can effectively reduce the farmer’s dependence on residual chemicals.
Growers today face many challenges to producing a high-quality crop that has to comply with ever-changing market requirements. With WETCIT Duo, growers will find it easier to comply with market requirements, and at the same time minimise their impact on the environment and beneficial insect populations.
OROWET, WETCIT, PREV-AM, ORO-SOIL have registered trademarks of Oro Agri SA (Pty) Ltd.
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