MANA KlearSky Technology sets new standard in pesticide formulations

RALEIGH, N.C. –

MANA Crop Protection

today announced its KlearSky™ Technology brand, which represents advanced formulation technology that embodies a range of attributes to deliver high performance and reduced impact on the environment. KlearSky Technology sets a new standard in formulation technology by encompassing the superior efficacy of conventional active ingredients while lowering product emissions and enhancing the handler experience through such features as lower odor, fewer personal protective equipment requirements and/or reduced signal word.

MANA products currently carrying the KlearSky designation include Paradigm™, Vulcan™ and ABBA Ultra® insecticides. All of these brands deliver reduced environmental impact and improved handling characteristics while proven to perform as well or better than the market standard. The marketing materials for these products will carry the KlearSky logo and description.

MANA introduces the KlearSky Technology brand as a means of indicating formulations that crop consultants, retailers, distributors and growers can rely on for high performance, a reduced impact on the environment and less restrictive handling requirements.

“The MANA KlearSky brand is a representation of our industry commitment to provide advanced formulation technology that enhances the handler experience and reduces the impact on the environment without sacrificing performance or efficacy,” said Dave Downing, product manager, MANA Crop Protection. “When people see the KlearSky logo associated with one of our products, they’ll know that product will provide dependable performance while simplifying handling or application.”

Paradigm insecticide

Paradigm touts an advanced formulation for fast-acting insect control at performance levels equal to conventional lambda-cyhalothrin products. It has exceptionally low odor and favorable PPE requirements, which improves worker handling, convenience and safety. Labeled for broad-spectrum insect control in corn, soybeans and other crops, Paradigm also features a “Caution” signal word, which sets the bar higher than same-in-class insecticides with more restrictive signal words.

Vulcan insecticide

Vulcan is the first advanced chlorpyrifos products of its kind – allowing excellent speed of insect knockdown at the same high levels of control found in the market standard. The low odor of Vulcan improves handling and convenience in comparison to previous EC-based chlorpyrifos delivery platforms. Labeled for use on corn, soybeans, wheat, pome fruit, tree nuts, grapes, citrus, vegetables and other crops, Vulcan maintains its fuming action to enhance efficacy.

ABBA Ultra miticide/insecticide

ABBA Ultra minimizes environmental concerns by reducing impact on air quality, and it has twice the concentration of active ingredient so applicators simply use half the rate of standard abamectin formulations. With less formulated product required per acre, there is less material to store and manage alongside less container waste. Labeled for use on tree nuts, grapes, citrus, pome fruit, cotton, strawberries and other specialty crops, ABBA Ultra delivers superior control of mites and insects with solid benefits in crop safety. It offers significant reductions in PPE restrictions, which is a plus for workers and applicators.

KlearSky Technology

MANA Crop Protection will be adding Bumper® ES fungicide and Fanfare® ES insecticide to its KlearSky Technology portfolio for the 2013 season.

About MANA Crop Protection

MANA offers the most comprehensive and diversified product portfolio in the crop protection industry with more than 60 formulations of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, plant growth regulators and harvest aids. These proven products are efficiently manufactured to the highest standards and value-priced to optimize the farm’s profitability potential. As the North American arm of the world’s sixth largest agrochemical company, MANA provides best-in-class formulations, regulatory capabilities, field research, and a science-based approach to defend and maintain vital active ingredients that other companies have abandoned. Our area business management team throughout the U.S. supports the distributors, retailers, crop consultants and agronomists who are part of the supply chain that farmers and farm managers rely on for localized expertise. MANA is a North American wholly owned affiliate of Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd (MAI). Additional information about MANA can be found online at www.manainc.com.

About Makhteshim Agan

Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd helps farmers around the world to increase the yield of their crops through the production and distribution of crop protection solutions. In 2011, the company’s revenues were over $2.69 billion, and it is ranked sixth in the world in the overall agrochemicals industry. The company is known for its extensive knowledge and experience, outstanding technological and engineering abilities, expertise in product registration, compliance with stringent environmental protection standards, strict quality control, and global marketing and distribution channels.

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