Mustang versus mustang max on sugar beets

Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included.

Please note a correction in the sugar beet section of the 2006 MSU Bulletin E-1582: Insect, Nematode, and Disease Control in Michigan Field Crops. The pyrethroid ‘Mustang’ is registered on beets, generally at 2.24 to 4.0 oz per acre, for various insects. Several years ago, Mustang was reformulated and renamed ‘Mustang Max.’ Sugar beet was left off the Mustang Max label, although FMC plans to add it to the label in the future. In the meantime, several states in the Midwest gave a Section 24c emergency exemption to FMC for Max on beets. Michigan did not. Any 24c labels you find on the internet do not apply to Michigan. In the 2006 guide, ‘Mustang Max’ should not be listed – instead read ‘Mustang.’ Plain old ‘Mustang’ can still be used on beets. Another pyrethroid option is Asana. Sorry about the confusion.

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