NEWS

Marrone Bio Innovations Receives IPM Innovator Award
Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) has been recognized by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for developing effective and environmentally responsible pest management products that enhance the value of integrated pest management (IPM) programs across a wide variety of crops and pests.

IPM Innovator Awards are given annually to organizations that have made efforts to reduce risks associated with pesticide use and for sharing their research and methods with others. Candidates are evaluated in seven categories: innovation, value, effectiveness, supports research, organizational education, outreach and leadership. Marrone Bio Innovations is the only producer of agricultural pest management products to receive the award since the program’s inception in 1994.

Monsanto Completes Purchase of Chesterfield Village Research Center
Monsanto Co. completed the purchase of the Chesterfield Village Research Center in Chesterfield, Mo. Monsanto had previously announced an agreement to acquire the property from Pfizer, Inc. The 1.5 million-square-foot research center includes 250 laboratories, 108 plant growth chambers and two acres of greenhouses.

Rimon Label Expanded to Four Additional Crop Groups
The EPA has granted federal registration to Rimon 0.83EC Insecticide for use on snap and dry beans, low-growing berries, cucurbit vegetables and fruiting vegetables. Rimon is a broad-spectrum insect growth regulator that provides pest control on a wide variety of worms, beetles and other immature pests including, but not limited to, lygus, whiteflies, thrips, stinkbugs and plant bugs.

Distributed by Chemtura AgroSolutions, Rimon is also labeled for use on bush berries, head and stem brassica, pome fruits, potatoes and sweet potatoes, and stone fruits (except cherries).

The active ingredient in Rimon is novaluron, a chitin inhibitor that interferes with the development and successful molting of target insects.

While the Rimon label expansion has been approved by the EPA, some state labels may still be pending. Growers should visit www.chemturaagrosolutions.com to review the label for complete usage information.

Cheminova Receives New Registrations
Cheminova, Inc. has received federal registration for SOLIDA herbicide, a sulfonylurea that is effective against a broad range of grasses and weeds in established tree, nut and vine crops, field corn, potatoes, tomatoes, industrial sites and roadsides. SOLIDA will control certain annual grasses, sedges and many broadleaf weeds including mare’s tail, mallow and fleabane.

SOLIDA’s active ingredient, rimsulfuron, offers soil residual activity in crops like grape, stone fruits, tree nuts, apples and citrus. SOLIDA has no spring application cutoff dates and pre-harvest intervals that range from only three to 14 days, depending on the specific crop, and can be tank-mixed with a wide range of other labeled soil residual and burndown products.

Also, the EPA has granted Cheminova a Federal registration of the active ingredient flutriafol for use in soybeans and apples. Cheminova will market the fungicide under the brand name TOPGUARD.

For more information about these registrations, visit www.cheminova.us.com.

Syngenta Receives Approvals and Label Expansions
Syngenta Crop Protection announced that it has received a range of approvals and label expansions from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

In addition to application through drip (trickle) chemigation, Durivo insecticide can now also be applied during planting or transplanting as an in-furrow spray, transplant hole drench or narrow surface band above the seedline; after planting as a post-seeding, post-transplanting or hill drench; or root zone and shank application. Durivo is registered for use in vegetable crops, including leafy and fruiting vegetables, brassicas and cucurbits.

Voliam Flexi insecticide is now approved for use on vegetables including brassica, cucurbit, fruiting and leafy vegetables. It is already registered for use on potatoes, pome fruit, stone fruit and grapes. State registrations or specific crop and/or pest uses may still be pending in certain states. Please check with your state regulatory agency to determine registration status. It contains chlorantraniliprole (CTPR), a mode of action from the diamide family of insecticides, and thiamethoxam, a member of the neonicotinoid class of chemistry.

Voliam Xpress insecticide is now approved for use on potatoes, pome fruit, stone fruit and tree nuts. It is already registered for use on head and leaf lettuce, fruiting vegetables, head and stem brassicas, and cucurbit vegetables. State registrations or specific crop and/or pest uses may still be pending in certain states. Please check with your state regulatory agency to determine registration status.

Syngenta also announced that the United States EPA has approved a shorter Restricted Entry Interval (REI) for Revus fungicide. Revus, which previously required an REI of 12 hours, now has an REI of four hours. Revus contains the active ingredient mandipropamid and targets oomycete fungi, including the pathogens that cause Phytophthora blight, late blight and downy mildews. Revus is labeled for use on grapes and vegetables, including bulb, fruiting, leafy and brassica vegetables, as well as cucurbits.

Further information is available at www.syngenta.com.