FMC Launches Hero insecticide for Soybeans and Other Crops

Philadelphia, April 28, 2008 - The same quick knockdown and long residual control of foliar insects that growers have come to rely on for their corn acres is now available for soybeans and root and tuber crops (including potatoes). Hero insecticide from FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) recently received an expanded label and now can be used to control tough foliar pests that can impede plant health and overall plant quality and yields.

Hero is now the standard for fast knockdown and longer-lasting residual control of tough foliar pests in soybeans. Its unique "state-of-the-art" pyrethroid technology makes it the only insecticide that controls mites, in addition to a variety of other foliar insects. The dual mode of action in Hero means growers can deliver a one-two punch against foliar pests. The flexibility of application makes Hero an integral part of an overall insect resistance-management program in soybeans and other crops.

Hero is approved for use to control a broad spectrum of foliar pests, including soybean aphids, beet armyworm, fall armyworm, velvetbean caterpillar, thrips, cabbage looper, Japanese beetle (adults), stink bugs and army cutworms, among others. In addition, Hero provides excellent control of mites without flaring them.

"Corn growers who have turned to Hero for fast-acting, long-lasting control of tough foliar insects can now use this proven performer on their soybean acres to achieve the same control of damaging pests," says Adam Prestegord, Hero product manager for FMC. "Hero is the new-generation insecticide to help growers minimize pest pressure and increase overall potential yields to take advantage of current market prices and demand throughout the U.S. and around the world."

Data collected in field trials conducted throughout soybean-producing regions shows superior efficacy of Hero in controlling a wide range of insect pests. According to results shown in Figure 1, Hero, applied at a rate of 5.1 oz/A, outperformed the competition in controlling soybean aphids.

Figure 2 also shows efficacy of Hero in soybean aphid control when applied at 4.0 or 5.0 oz/A from a University of Wisconsin study. Figure 3 shows the impact that Hero can have on crop productivity with an 11 bushel per acre increase in a University of Nebraska field trial. That could mean more than $100 additional profit per acre at today's soybean prices.

Growers can use Hero at rates ranging from 4.0 oz/A to 10.3 oz/A, depending upon the level of insect infestation and targeted pest spectrum. Hero carries a "caution" signal word and a re-entry interval (REI) of 12 hours.

Hero insecticide for soybeans is the latest addition to the expanding portfolio of crop protection products now available from FMC for corn and soybeans. For more information about the complete portfolio of products, please visit

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FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. The company employs approximately 5,000 people throughout the world. The company operates its businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Chemicals.

Always read and follow label directions. Hero is a restricted use pesticide. FMC and Hero are trademarks of FMC Corporation. (c) 2008 FMC Corporation. All rights reserved.