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Product:

Avatar Insecticide

APVMA approval:  52546/1007

Active Constituent(s): 300 g/kg Indoxacarb
Registered For:

GROUP 22A INSECTICIDE

 

 Commercial use

 Domestic use

Overview: For the control of Lepidopteran species of insect pests in certain vegatable and fruit crops.
Documents:

MSDS  (267 KB)

Label  (236 KB)


General Instructions

 

Avatar insecticide has been specifically designed for use in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) schemes. Avatar is an oxadiazine insecticide in the form of a water dispersible granule. Avatar is particularly active on Lepidopteran insect pests, primarily as a larvicide. Before application monitor insect populations to determine whether or not there is a need for application of Avatar based on locally determined economic thresholds. More than one treatment of Avatar may be required to control a population of pests.

 

Insect Resistance Warning

 

For insecticide resistance management Avatar is a Group 22A insecticide. Some naturally occurring insect biotypes resistant to Avatar and other Group 22A insecticides may exist through normal genetic variability in any insect population. The resistant individuals can eventually dominate the insect population if Avatar or other Group 22A insecticides are used repeatedly. The effectiveness of Avatar on resistant individuals could be significantly reduced. Since the occurrence of resistant individuals is difficult to detect prior to use DuPont accepts no liability for any losses that may result from the failure of Avatar to control resistant insects. Avatar may be subject to specific resistance management strategies. To help prevent the development of resistance to Avatar®insecticide, use Avatar in accordance with the current Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM) strategy for your region. For further information contact your local supplier, FMC representative or local department agronomist.

 

Product Use

 

Mixing

Always add dry Avatar to water in tank. DO NOT premix or slurry. With the exception of products in water soluble bags, Avatar must be in suspension in the tank before adding companion products or surfactant. 

Fill spray tank to ¼ to ½ full of water. Measure the amount of Avatar insecticide required for the area to be sprayed. Add Avatar insecticide directly to the spray tank with the agitation engaged. Mix thoroughly to disperse the insecticide. Once dispersed, the material must be kept in suspension at all times by continuous agitation. Use mechanical or hydraulic means, DO NOT use air agitation, premix or slurry.

If spray solution is left standing, ensure thorough reagitation of the spray mix until fully resuspended. DO NOT allow spray mix to sit overnight, as resuspension may be difficult.

 

Surfactant/Wetting agent

Apricots, Apples, Capsicum, Eggplant, Grapes, Leafy vegetables, Nashi pears, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Peppers, Plum, Tomatoes: use a non-ionic surfactant/wetting agent at 15 g active/100 L, (e.g. Agral 600 @ 25 mL/100 L or Citowett @15 mL/100 L).

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower: use a non-ionic surfactant/wetting agent at 75 g active/100 L, (e.g. Agral 600 @ 125 mL/100 L or Citowett @ 75 mL/100 L).

 

DO NOT add a non-ionic surfactant/wetting agent if:

  • mixing with another product which already contains a surfactant and/or the product label advises not to add a surfactant.

  • mixing with a liquid fertiliser

DO NOT use BS1000 or Activator-90 as it may cause crop phytotoxicity.

 

Application

 

Minimising Spray Drift

The interaction of many equipment and weather-related factors determines the potential for spray drift. The applicator must consider all these factors when making application decisions.

The most effective way to reduce drift potential is to apply large droplets (volume mean diameter (VMD) > 150 - 200 microns). The best drift management strategy is to apply the largest droplets that provide sufficient coverage and control. APPLYING LARGER DROPLETS REDUCES DRIFT POTENTIAL, BUT WILL NOT MINIMISE DRIFT IF APPLICATIONS ARE MADE IMPROPERLY OR UNDER UNFAVOURABLE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS. When making applications in hot and dry conditions, set up equipment to produce larger droplets to reduce effects of evaporation.

 

Dilute spraying

  • Use a sprayer designed to apply high volumes of water up to the point of run-off and matched to the crop being sprayed.

  • Set up and operate the sprayer to achieve even coverage throughout the crop canopy. Apply sufficient water to cover the crop to the point of run-off. Avoid excessive run-off.

  • The required volume may be determined by applying different test volumes, using different settings on the sprayer, from industry guidelines or expert advice.

  • Add the amount of product specified in the Directions for Use table for each 100 L of water. Spray to the point of run-off.

  • The required dilute spray volume will change and the sprayer set up and operation may also need to be changed, as the crop grows.

Concentrate spraying

  • Use a sprayer designed and set up for concentrate spraying (that is a sprayer which applies water volumes less than those required to reach the point of run off) and matched to the crop being sprayed. 

  • Set up and operate the sprayer to achieve even coverage throughout the crop canopy using your chosen water volume. 

  • Determine an appropriate dilute spray volume (See Dilute Spraying above) for the crop canopy. This is needed to calculate the concentrate mixing rate.

The mixing rate for concentrate spraying can then be calculated in the following way:

 

EXAMPLE ONLY

  1. Dilute spray as determined above: For example 1,500 L /ha

  2. Your chosen concentrate spray volume: For example 500 L/ha

  3. The concentration factor in this example is 3X (i.e 1,500 L ÷ 500 L = 3)

  4. If the dilute label rate is 25 g/100 L, then the concentrate rate becomes 3 x 25 , that is 75  g/100 L of concentrate spray.

  • The chosen spray volume, amount of product per 100 L of water, and the sprayer set up and operation may need to be changed as the crop grows.

  • For further information on concentrate spraying, users are advised to consult relevant industry guidelines, undertake appropriate competency training and follow industry Best Practices.

Ground application

Use a boom sprayer fitted with high flow rate nozzles to apply the highest practical spray volume. Nozzles with higher rated flows produce larger droplets. Use the lower spray pressures recommended for the nozzle. Higher pressure reduces droplet size, DOES NOT improve canopy penetration and may increase drift potential. WHEN HIGHER FLOW RATES ARE NEEDED, USE A HIGHER-CAPACITY NOZZLE INSTEAD OF INCREASING PRESSURE. Use a nozzle type that is designed for the intended application. With most nozzle types, narrower spray angles produce larger droplets. Consider using low-drift nozzles. When applying Avatar by ground application, keep the boom low to avoid spray drift. For orchard/vineyard sprayers avoid directing spray above trees and always turn-off outward pointing nozzles at row ends and outer rows.

 

Compatibility

 

Since formulations may be changed and new ones introduced, it is recommended that users premix a small quantity of the desired tank mix and observe possible adverse changes (settling out, flocculation etc). Avoid complex tank mixtures of several products or very concentrated spray mixtures. Avatar insecticide is compatible with Captan, Dextrolac, Delan, Fulasin, mancozeb, Omite, Polyram and Systhane. 

 

The mixing sequence recommended is: water soluble bags, dry flowable or water dispersible granules (Avatar), wettable powders, water based suspension concentrates, water soluble concentrates, oil based suspension concentrates, emulsifiable concentrates, adjuvants and surfactants, soluble fertilisers.

 

Restraints

 

DO NOT apply if rainfall is expected within 2 hours of application.

DO NOT use on container, hydroponicgreenhouse or glasshouse grown crops. 

DO NOT apply within 20 m upwind of water bodies. 

DO NOT apply by aircraft (tomatoes excepted). 

DO NOT apply less than 300 m (aerial application) or 80 m (ground application) upwind of land potentially producing feed for livestock. If the wind direction is at an angle with regard to the field then the in-field buffer must be observed on both upwind sides of the feed producing land.

DO NOT apply if rainfall is expected within 2 hours of application.

DO NOT use on container, hydroponicgreenhouse or glasshouse grown crops. 

DO NOT apply within 20 m upwind of water bodies. 

DO NOT apply by aircraft (tomatoes excepted). 

DO NOT apply less than 300 m (aerial application) or 80 m (ground application) upwind of land potentially producing feed for livestock. If the wind direction is at an angle with regard to the field then the in-field buffer must be observed on both upwind sides of the feed producing land. 

 

WITHHOLDING PERIODS 

 

HARVEST

CAPSICUM, EGGPLANT, LEAFY VEGETABLES, PEPPERS, TOMATOES (FIELD AND TRELLIS): DO NOT APPLY LATER THAN 3 DAYS BEFORE HARVEST.

BROCCOLI, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, CABBAGE, CAULIFLOWER: DO NOT APPLY LATER THAN 7 DAYS BEFORE HARVEST. 

APRICOT, NECTARINE, PEACH, PLUM: DO NOT APPLY LATER THAN 7 DAYS BEFORE HARVEST. 

APPLES, NASHI PEARS, PEARS: DO NOT APPLY LATER THAN 14 DAYS BEFORE HARVEST. 

GRAPES: DO NOT APPLY LATER THAN 8 WEEKS BEFORE HARVEST. DO NOT HARVEST TREATED GRAPE LEAVES FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.

 

GRAZING – ALL TREATED CROPS

DO NOT ALLOW LIVESTOCK TO GRAZE CROPS OR VEGETABLE WASTE (EXCEPT TOMATO POMACE) THAT HAS BEEN TREATED WITH AVATAR INSECTICIDE. 

 

Spray Equipment Cleanout

 

Prior to application, start with clean, well maintained application equipment. Immediately following application, thoroughly clean all spray equipment to reduce risk of forming hardened deposits that might become difficult to remove. Drain spray equipment. Thoroughly rinse sprayer and flush hoses, boom, and nozzles with clean water. Loosen and physically remove all visible deposits. Clean all other associated application equipment.

 

Protection of Livestock

 

Dangerous to bees. DO NOT apply when bees are actively foraging. Avoid direct application or drift of the spray mix onto bee hive. After the spray has dried, bees can safely forage flowering crops. AVOID SPRAY DRIFT ONTO ADJOINING PROPERTIES OR STOCK AREAS.

Assess the treatment area before application to identify animal exposure risks. Avoid aerial application if possible.

Observe the buffer zones for aerial and ground application. If unexpected conditions cause spray drift to contaminate land that livestock could potentially graze seek advice from FMC.

 

Protection of wildlife, fish, crustaceans and environment

 

DO NOT contaminate streams, rivers or waterways with the chemical or used containers.

 

Protection of Crops, Native and other Non-Target Plants

 

DO NOT apply under weather conditions, or from spraying equipment, that may cause spray to drift onto near-by non-target plants/crops, cropping lands or pastures.

 

Storage and Disposal

 

Store in the closed, original container in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. Store in a locked room or place away from children, animals, food, feedstuffs, seed and fertilisers.

Triple or preferably pressure rinse containers before disposal. Add rinsings to spray tank. DO NOT dispose of undiluted chemicals on site. Puncture and bury empty containers in a local authority landfill. If no landfill is available, bury the containers below 500 mm in a disposal pit specifically marked and set up for this purpose clear of waterways, desirable vegetation and tree roots. Empty containers and product should not be burnt.

 

Precautions – Re-Entry Period

DO NOT allow entry into treated areas until spray has dried. When prior entry is necessary, wear cotton overalls buttoned to the neck and wrists, a washable hat and chemical resistant gloves. Clothing must be laundered after each day’s use.

 

Safety Directions

 

Harmful if swallowed. Will irritate the eyes and skin. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. If product in eyes, wash it out immediately with water. Wash hands after use. When opening the container and preparing spray, wear cotton overalls buttoned to the neck and wrists, a washable hat, elbow-length PVC gloves and a face shield or goggles. When using the prepared spray, wear cotton overalls buttoned to the neck and wrists, a washable hat and elbow-length PVC gloves. After each day’s use wash gloves, face shield or goggles and contaminated clothing.

 

First Aid

 

If poisoning occurs, contact a doctor or Poisons Information Centre. Phone Australia 13 11 26.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: This is not the AVATAR label. To view or print the label for this product, click the "MSDS/Label" tab at the top of this page. Always follow label instructions.

 

For specialist advice in an EMERGENCY only phone 1800 033 111, TOLL-FREE, ALL-HOURS, NATIONWIDE


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