Walnut, Calif.-based Valent U.S.A. has entered the seed treatment market with two new insecticides, one of which is designed for potato growers.

Both NipsIT Inside and Belay are based on the active ingredient clothianidin, according to a news release. Belay already is registered for foliar and soil application and chemigation on potatoes.

The latest label expansion allows for its use as a potato seed-piece treatment before planting. The insecticide targets Colorado potato beetle and aphids. It is registered in most potato-producing states.

NipsIt Inside is registered for use as a seed treatment on sorghum. Additional registrations on canola, rapeseed and sugarbeets are expected in 2009.

As part of its entrance into the seed treatment market, Valent U.S.A. has enhanced its staff.

Glen Karaffa came to Valent in July with more than 30 years of seed treatment experience from Gustafson and Bayer CropScience. He started his career as a technical sales representative and has held various positions throughout his career.

Most recently, he was senior seed treatment crop marketing manager at Bayer CropScience, responsible for many crops and seed treatment products, with experience with all crops.

Karen Arthur joined Valent in July 2005 and was recently promoted to research and development manager for seed protection.

She has 24 years experience in seed protection with Valent and Gustafson, serving in various research positions involving screening and development of fungicides, insecticides, plant growth regulators and biocontrol agents for seed protection use.

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