NEWS

Williams appointed CEO of MANA
Makhteshim Agan Industries (MAI), parent of MANA Crop Protection, announces the appointment of Rob Williams as MANA chief executive officer. Williams has more than 17 years of experience in the crop protection industry. He has been with MAI for 11 years and has been serving as CEO of Makhteshim Agan UK (MAUK). Previously, Williams was with Novartis. Williams succeeds John Rabby, who is retiring as MANA president.

Williams was born in Liverpool, England, and received his bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of Nottingham in England with a focus on crop protection and crop biochemistry.

Procure Receives EPA Registration in California
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has granted California registration to Chemtura’s Procure 480SC Fungicide for use on 28 additional fruit and vegetable crops. 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 controls common fungal diseases, including powdery mildew, scab, leaf spot and black spot, in the brassica leafy greens, brassica head and stem, leafy greens, tropicals and hops subgroups.

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.

Monsanto Announces Completion of Plant Expansion at Luling
Monsanto Co. CEO and Chairman Hugh Grant welcomed guests to the company’s Roundup agricultural herbicide production facility in Luling, La., to celebrate the completion of a nearly $200 million expansion just outside of New Orleans. The expansion was started in April 2008 to increase production of Roundup brand agricultural herbicide.

The improvements at the facility include major infrastructure reliability projects such as a new air compressor, new rail lines, a new river dock, increased container and tank storage capacity and road improvements; and energy and emission reduction projects such as hydrogen recovery and replacing two older boilers with one larger one.

INDAR 2F Fungicide Receives Registration in New York
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently registered INDAR 2F fungicide from Dow AgroSciences for use in New York state. INDAR 2F controls key diseases in apples, stone fruit, blueberries and cranberries.

INDAR 2F controls apple scab, rusts, powdery mildew and summer diseases like sooty blotch and flyspeck in apples. INDAR 2F fungicide also is labeled for the control of blossom blight, fruit brown rot, peach scab and cherry leaf spot in stone fruit; blossom blight and fruit brown rot in plums and prunes; mummyberry in blueberries; and cottonball tip blight and cranberry fruit rot complex in cranberries.

In apples and other crops, applications of INDAR 2F, a Group 3 fungicide, should be tank-mixed with a protectant fungicide where possible and alternated with different modes of action to help prevent resistance.

For more information, visit www.indar.com.

NEW PRODUCTS

New Herbicide from MANA
MANA Crop Protection introduces Ironclad nicosulfuron plus rimsulfuron herbicide for control of many broadleaf and grass weeds in corn. Ironclad can be used in a postemergence early season application to actively growing grasses and broadleaf weeds in corn. Weeds controlled by Ironclad include barnyard grass, volunteer cereals, woolly cupgrass, foxtails, johnsongrass, wirestem muhly*, panicum, field sandbur*, shattercane, wild oats, burcucumber, jimsonweeds, morning glory, wild mustard and some pigweeds. Ironclad is compatible with several tank mix partners for enhanced control of kochia, lamb’s-quarters, mallow, nightshade, ragweed, velvetleaf and waterhemp. (*Cultivation or re-treatment may be required for complete control.)

BioWorks Adds Botanical Insecticide/Nematicide
BioWorks announces the addition of Molt-X Botanical Insecticide/Nematicide to its product line. Molt-X has multiple modes of action to provide broad-spectrum control over pests such as aphids, whiteflies, thrips, mealybugs, scales, plant-parasitic nematodes and more.

Molt-X works primarily as an insect growth regulator (IGR) that disrupts the molting process in insects. Once treated with Molt-X, insects become sluggish, stop feeding and fail to mature and reproduce. Molt-X also acts as an insect repellent, anti-feedant, and ovipositional deterrent.

Molt-X leaves no residue on plant foliage and flowers; has no phytotoxicity issues on most plants; is generally safe on beneficial insects and bees; and is compatible for tank-mixing/rotation with other registered inputs including BotaniGard and SuffOil-X.

Molt-X is an emulsifiable concentrate containing 3 percent azadirachtin, found in the neem tree. It has a four-hour restricted entry interval (REI), zero-day preharvest interval and is labeled for use on a broad range of turfgrass, outdoor shrubs, trees, ornamentals and food crops as well as on greenhouse ornamentals, shadehouse and nurseries.