Presidio Fungicide Registered for Use in New York

Valent U.S.A. Corp. announced that Presidio Fungicide has been registered for use in New York on brassica, cucurbits, grapes and fruiting, bulb, leafy and root vegetable crops (except potato, carrot and sugar beet).

Presidio is for use against diseases such as downy mildew in grapes and cucurbits, as well as Phytophthora blight.

Presidio has no known tank mix limitations with other fungicides or insecticides. Presidio can be applied via sprinkler or used as a foliar treatment. For resistance management, Presidio must be tank-mixed with another fungicide active on the pathogen targeted.

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Growth Products Essential Plus 1-0-1 Added to BioPreferred Program

Growth Products announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred program, a federal purchasing program for biobased products, has added Essential Plus 1-0-1 to its online product catalog. With its searchable and user-friendly database, anyone can use the online catalog to find biobased products that meet BioPreferred program requirements.

Essential Plus 1-0-1 is a liquid organic soil amendment and natural root stimulant for all plants, crops and soils.

BioPreferred is a federal program that seeks to increase the purchase and use of biobased goods — products made from biological or renewable materials.

BioPreferred’s online product catalog is searchable by product category (i.e. construction and road maintenance, housewares and cleaning products, etc.) and further by subcategory, manufacturer name or product name. Today, more than 1,480 biobased products manufactured by more than 320 companies are in the online catalog, with new products continually being added.

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Vestaron Board Elects Chairman and Vice Chairman

Vestaron Corp. announced the election of John Sorenson to the position of chairman and Elin Miller to the position of vice chairman of the company’s board of directors. Both were previously members of the board. Former Chairman Eli Thomssen remains on the board.

Sorenson was formerly president of Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc., and before that president of Syngenta Seeds, Inc. and president of Rogers Seed Co., a Syngenta subsidiary. Sorenson’s experience also includes plant biotechnology research and development with Asgrow, an Upjohn company, where his responsibilities included head of the global vegetable seed business and head of biotechnology. Before moving to the private sector, Sorenson was a tenured associate professor at North Carolina State University. He received his doctorate in biology from the University of South Carolina.

Miller previously held senior management positions with Dow, Dow AgroSciences and Arysta LifeScience. She also served in government leadership positions with the California EPA, the California Department of Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Miller formerly served as Chair of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) and was recently elected as vice chair for the National FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) Individual Giving Council. She is a graduate in agronomy/plant protection from the University of Arizona. She and her husband farm hazelnuts in Oregon.

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New Wireless Remote Valve Control

CheckMATE, KZValve’s new hand-held remote, gives sprayer operators control of nozzle performance to control booms OEM-equipped with electric shutoffs.

CheckMATE has a 300-foot range and bright LED keypad for excellent visibility in sunlight. It requires two AA batteries and is waterproof. One receiver controls each sprayer boom section, plugging in line with OEM wiring. There’s on/off control of up to 10 valves or boom sections, individually or all at once. Waterproof cases protect the receivers.

Water-Soluble Biological Insect Control

Arborjet introduces AzaSol, a water-soluble, powdered azadirachtin product developed for biologically based insect control. AzaSol is solvent-free and shelf-stable for more than two years. Because it is biologically based, it can be applied the day of harvest. The 6 percent solution offers the highest concentration available on the market.

AzaSol is intended for use on outdoor plants, food crops, mushroom houses, plants grown indoors or in greenhouses, shade cloth, interiorscapes and nurseries; it can be applied via soil drench, chemigation, injection or spray. Provides broad-spectrum biological insect control and acts as a natural anti-feedant, growth regulator and anti-ovipository and insect repellent, providing protection from insects ranging from annual bluegrass weevils to whiteflies.