USDA Conducting Fruit Chemical Use Survey

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is conducting the USDA Fruit Chemical Use Survey, which allows producers to explain how they use agricultural chemicals responsibly. This survey, last conducted in 2007, provides data about agricultural chemical use on fruit crops in the United States.

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will include information on the chemical and fertilizer use and pest management practices for more than 20 selected fruit crops. NASS will collect survey responses through December and publish the results in the Fruit Chemical Usage report in July 2010.

Growers are encouraged to participate and are guaranteed by law (Title 7, U.S. Code) that their individual information will be kept confidential. For more information visit www.nass.usda.gov or call 800-727-9540.

New BASF Kixor Herbicide Technology Receives EPA Approval

BASF announces the U.S. EPA registration of a new active ingredient, Kixor herbicide, for use on a wide range of crops and effective on more than 70 broadleaf weeds. Starting this fall, four formulations with Kixor herbicide—Sharpen, OpTill, Integrity and Treevix—will be available.

Kixor’s unique chemistry is specifically designed to solve growers’ toughest broadleaf weed control challenges across a wide range of crops. It inhibits a key step in chlorophyll biosynthesis, called protoporphyrinogen IX oxidase (PPO), resulting in fast, effective control of broadleaf weeds.

Kixor is labeled for use on a wide range of crops, including corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, cereals, cotton, pulses, sunflower (desiccation), citrus, pome fruit and nut trees, and for fallow and postharvest use.

Kixor provides broad-spectrum control on more than 70 broadleaf weeds, including those that have become more tolerant of glyphosate, such as common lamb’s-quarters, mare’s tail, Russian thistle, waterhemp, common ragweed and giant ragweed.

EPA Division Name Change

After over 20 years, the Office of Pesticide Programs’ Special Review and Reregistration Division (SRRD) is changing its name. SRRD has officially become the Pesticide Re-evaluation Division (PRD). This new name more accurately describes the nature of the division’s present and future work responsibilities.

The pesticide program is moving toward closing out both the special review and the reregistration programs, for which SRRD was named. Only a few special reviews remain to be formally concluded. All reregistration eligibility decisions (REDs) have been completed and are being implemented, while product reregistration is on track to be completed within the next few years. Meanwhile, registration review is well underway, and the pace of this new program is increasing with more dockets opening, more final work plans being completed every year, and registration review decisions being made. As the division ramps up registration review and is completing special review and reregistration, the name Pesticide Re-evaluation Division better reflects its present mission and describes its ongoing work.

Although the division and branch names are changing, the division’s location, organization, projects and chemical assignments stay the same. The division is still located on the ninth floor in Potomac Yard South. The mail code will remain 7508P. Updated division contact information will be available on EPA’s Web site at www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/contacts_srrd.htm.

Fog Force Now Registered in New York State

Fog Force from Natural Forces has been accepted for registration by the New York Division of Environmental Conservation(NYDEC) as a bird repellent registered for commercial and agricultural use in New York State.

Fog Force is a nonlethal aerosol bird repellent formulated from methyl anthranilate (MA), which is commonly used as a food flavoring in fruit juice, candy and ice cream. The fog irritates bird’s eyes and respiratory systems until they leave the treated area.

BASF and Nunhems Enter Into Agreement

BASF announced today an exclusive seed treatment collaboration with Nunhems, the vegetable seed business of Bayer CropScience. Under this agreement, Nunhems will have exclusive use of BASF’s Coronet fungicide seed treatment on onion seeds in the United States.

The launch of Coronet introduced a new class of chemistry to the seed treatment market with Boscalid, from the carboxamide family of chemistry. Coronet also contains Pyraclostrobin, the same active ingredient found in BASF’s top-selling Plant Health fungicide, Headline.

The new BASF and Nunhems contract took effect on August 26.

Cure and Control of Powdery Mildew, Rusts and Scab

Myclobutanil 20 EW fungicide from Quali-Pro has received registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A systemic fungicide powered by the active ingredient myclobutanil, a demethylation inhibitor (DMI), Myclobutanil 20 EW stops and prevents plant disease without causing plant growth regulator effects or compromising plant health.

A broad-spectrum liquid fungicide, Myclobutanil 20 EW provides both curative and protective control of powdery mildew, rusts, scab, leaf spots and many other nursery and greenhouse diseases.