May 3, 2023
The Right Solution Includes a Hands-on Approach

(Sponsored) If there’s a problem in the field, Clay Paulk is out to find a solution. As a member of the sales team with Triangle Chemical Company in the Moultrie, Georgia, area, he’s always seeking a solution that will help his grower customers. 

This hands-on approach has helped him learn about how products work in growers’ programs and stay up to date on issues that may come up in the field. 

“It’s good for me to know what’s working, and what may not be as effective,” Paulk said. “I work with growers to scout fields, so I know what is happening in their fields.” 

One way Paulk discovers what’s working in his area is to use it on his own crops. He and his wife farm and raise livestock. He grew up on a farm growing cotton, corn, peanuts and tobacco. Today, he continues to grow some of those crops and has added others. Although he enjoys growing the crops, he also uses his fields to try new products. This helps him provide growers with hands-on product experience and discuss the benefits. 

A product Paulk has found success with is Radiant® SC insecticide with Jemvelva active. Radiant SC contains spinetoram, a Group 5 insecticide, that offers fast knockdown and broad-spectrum control of damaging insect pests, including the diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) in cabbage plants. 

“We start scouting for the diamondback moth when the cabbage plants are planted,” Paulk explained. “It’s not a matter of if, but when they will appear.” 

The diamondback moth will feed on the lower surface of the leaf with their chewing resulting in irregular patches of scars, or damage. This leads to a less desirable consumer product. 

“Radiant SC is likely to get sprayed early due to its longer residual,” Paulk said. “It will be in the first or second spray.” 

Paulk explained that because growers have so much invested in high-value crops such as cabbage, it’s critical to understand resistance management and ensure products with different modes of action are rotated accordingly. Including Radiant SC insecticide in the mix helps him follow an Integrated Pest Management plan. He also has found success using the product in other cole crops, including broccoli. 

As a partner to his grower customers, Paulk is always seeking ways to help them succeed. His problem-solving nature and hands-on approach help him deliver the advice his customers have come to expect. 

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