Emergency Pesticide Registration for Potatoes Enacted

Wisconsin potato producers preparing for harvest season have an immediate need to disinfect both porous and non-porous surfaces to prevent contamination of potatoes with the organism that causes potato ring rot. In response, a crisis pesticide exemption for a disinfectant has been declared, according to officials with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.

The crisis exemption procedure allows states to register a pesticide for a use that does not have prior federal approval to meet a crop-related emergency such as an insect outbreak or a plant disease.

In order for seed potatoes to be eligible for certification in Wisconsin, they must not be contaminated with the potato ring rot organism. Potato ring rot can spread quickly throughout a farm and can cause severe crop losses, in addition to causing seed potatoes to be rejected from certification. In addition, producers need to control a variety of pathogens that destroy or otherwise reduce yield of post-harvest potatoes, both seed potatoes and commercially grown potatoes.

Wisconsin growers can now apply 1-Stroke Environ to hard, nonporous surfaces (such as metal) and porous surfaces (such as wood, rubber and concrete) and on a variety of objects involved with potato production, including storage containers and storage areas, vehicles, equipment, tools, greenhouses, growth chambers and footwear.

Those who intend to use this product must first obtain the special product labeling (use directions) that have been approved for the crisis exemption. The product label is available on the department’s Web site at www.datcp.state.wi.us, by searching for “special pesticide registrations,” or call 608-224-4547.

Arysta LifeScience Names Wayne Hewett COO

Arysta LifeScience Corp. announced that Wayne Hewett will join the company as chief operating officer (COO). In this newly created position, Hewett will be responsible for executing management’s initiatives company-wide. Hewett also will be responsible for management of the company’s supply chain and global product functions, and will serve as a member of the Arysta LifeScience board of directors.

Hewett’s addition to Arysta LifeScience is the first step in an executive team transition plan, which will be implemented in spring 2010. At that time, Hewett will become president and CEO of Arysta LifeScience. Concurrently, President and CEO Chris Richards will move to the full-time position of chairman of the Arysta LifeScience board of directors, and current Board Chairman David Jones will assume the role of non-executive director.

Originally from Jamaica, Hewett has lived in Japan and China. With a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University, Hewett’s career includes more than 20 years with various international divisions of GE.

Procure Receives EPA Registration for 28 Additional Fruit and Vegetable Crops

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted federal registration to Procure 480SC Fungicide for use on 28 additional fruit and vegetable crops. The registration gives growers a powerful new tool for controlling powdery mildew and black spot on crops in the brassica leafy greens, brassica head and stem, leafy greens, tropicals and hops subgroups. State registration in California is currently pending.

Procure is a broad-spectrum foliar fungicide and has been previously approved for a variety of other fruit and vegetable crops including apples, pears, cherries and melons. It has proven to provide outstanding control of common fungal diseases including powdery mildew, scab, leaf spot and black spot.

Procure may be applied by air or ground. Application rates and preharvest intervals vary depending on the crop being treated. To view a supplemental label for application details visit www.chemturacrop.com.

OMRI Organic Listing for Tiger Micronutrients Zinc 18%

Tiger-Sul Products (Calgary) Co. announces Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) listing for Tiger Micronutrients Zinc 18%.

Tiger Micronutrients Zinc 18% is a low analysis of sulfur and zinc fertilizer. The low zinc analysis allows for optimum feeding sites for emerging plants, clean handling, increased feeding sites, ultra-low heavy metal contents and uniform sizing. All these benefits make this zinc source a premium blendable product.


New Herbicide for Tree, Nut and Vine Crops

MANA Crop Protection introduces Pruvin rimsulfuron herbicide for control of some broadleaf and grass challenges to tree, nut and vine crops, field corn and non-crop areas. Pruvin provides control of barnyard grass, pigweed, morning glory, fleabane, mare’s tail, mallow, kowhai and numerous other weeds.

Pruvin is quickly absorbed through roots and foliage of selective weeds, rapidly inhibiting growth. Pruvin is an ideal choice for weed control in established permanent crops such as grapes, stone fruit, tree nuts, apples and citrus.

It can be applied to field corn, tomatoes and potatoes in preemergence, postemergence or split applications. It can also be used alone or in combination with other labeled soil residual and burndown products.

Pruvin also may be used for weed control along roadsides, highway medians, at industrial plant sites and at utility substations. Free info! Circle 640 on the card.