BASF Introduces New Versys Insecticide

New insecticide will quickly stop aphid feeding

Mississauga, ON, January 9, 2019 – BASF introduces new Versys insecticide for the 2019 season. Versys controls aphids and whiteflies in fruit and vegetable crops.

Powered by the new active ingredient, Inscalis™, Versys rapidly stops aphid and whitefly feeding to prevent damage in many fruit and vegetable crops. Extensive research and commercial trials across Canada and the US have confirmed that Versys also provides an extended duration of control.

“BASF believes that Versys will provide Canadian fruit and vegetable growers with a powerful new tool for aphid management,” said Scott Hodgins, BASF Horticulture Crop Manager. “Throughout the development of Versys, we received consistent customer feedback that the keys to the success of a new insecticide are speed of activity and duration of control – Versys checks both of those boxes.”

Versys also provides a new mode of action from a new group of insecticides (IRAC Group 9D) which allows it to control aphids and whiteflies that may have developed tolerance to other chemistries. Versys does not impact beneficial predatory insects, allowing it to be incorporated into an integrated pest management strategy.

Versys’ Inscalis active ingredient was discovered by a team that included 2015 Nobel Prize recipient, Dr. Satoshi Omura.

Customers can learn more about Versys insecticide at

Pests Controlled by Versys
Crop Target Pest
Leafy vegetables Green peach aphid Potato aphid, Lettuce aphid Sweet potato whitefly Silverleaf whitefly
Brassica vegetables Cabbage aphid Green peach aphid Sweet potato whitefly Silverleaf whitefly
Fruiting vegetables Green peach aphid Potato aphid Sweet potato whitefly Silverleaf whitefly
Cucurbit vegetables Melon aphid Green peach aphid Sweet potato whitefly Silverleaf whitefly
Pome fruit Rosy apple aphid Green apple aphid
Stone Fruit Rusty plum aphid Black cherry aphid Mealy plum aphid
Leaf petiole vegetables Green peach aphid Potato aphid, Lettuce aphid Sweet potato whitefly Silverleaf whitefly
Tree nuts Monellia spp. Little hickory aphid Yellow pecan aphid Black marginated aphid

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