The price of some of the newer pesticides can be almost shocking. The funding of this project committed us to try and raise awareness about reduced risk products. So I thought it would be of interest to see how several reduced risk products fare with their prices.
So what is a reduced risk product? They are conventional products that have:
I decided to compare an insecticide, a fungicide and a miticide.
Perm-up 3.2EC is labeled on the Cole crops at 4 oz/acre. Thus at $65 per gallon it would provide control for about $2 acre. Contrast this to Spintor which sells for $670 for 2&1/2 gallon or $2 per ounce. But its use rate is about 1/2 of Perm-up, so its cost is about $4 per acre. But who wants to lay out $670 to begin with! Radiant is a new product with a similar chemistry to Spintor that sells for $191/qt and applied at 10 oz/ac comes to $60/acre...tough sell!.
Quadris is reduced risk and costs $395, and at 15 oz/ac costs about $45 per acre. Penncozeb (similar to Mancozeb) can be purchased for $5 per pound and applied at 3 lb/ac for just $15 per acre. But a competing systemic fungicide with a more novel mode of action (Cabrio) costs $188 for 5 lb and costs about $37 per acre.
Lastly, there are fewer miticide options available now. Acramite is a reduced risk product that can be purchased for $68 per lb and that amount is applied per acre. Agri-Mek is a competing product but sells for $476 per gallon and if applied at 16 oz/ac comes to $60/ac.
So are reduced risk products more? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. But a key determination on what a grower may be willing to purchase is the $$ one has to pay for the minimum size container.
Could someone please work on the packaging and put some of these in a smaller unit size for smaller grower. No grower really wants a 5 or 10 year supply of a pesticide!
REVISED: December 2, 2015