NEWS

Inspire Fungicide Emergency Exemption Approval for Almonds in California
Syngenta Crop Protection announced that the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) has granted Section 18 emergency exemption approval of Inspire fungicide for use on Alternaria leaf blight in almond orchards. California almond growers in Butte, Glenn, Kern and Tehama counties may now use Inspire to treat almonds.

California almond growers affected by Section 18 should contact their local retailer or Syngenta representative for use rates, application timing and other product information.

For more information about Syngenta, go to www.syngenta.com.

Arysta LifeScience North America Honored by EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored Arysta LifeScience North America with its Ozone Layer Protection Award for bringing the fumigant MIDAS to market. MIDAS, a broad-spectrum fumigant used before planting, controls a wide array of pests, weeds and plant diseases. MIDAS does not deplete the ozone layer and has been proven in commercial fields to be as effective as methyl bromide at lower use rates.

Arysta LifeScience and a team of independent scientists were recognized during a special ceremony at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Researchers recognized with Arysta LifeScience North America include Husein Ajwa, University of California Davis, USDA-ARS; Joe Noling, University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center; Dan Chellemi, U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory; Erin Rosskopf, U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory; Greg Browne, University of California Davis, Department of Plant Pathology; and Frank Sances, Pacific Ag Research, Inc.

MIDAS is approved for use on crops including ornamentals, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, tree fruit, nuts and vines as well as turf. MIDAS is registered in 47 U.S. states and is available through select fumigant distributors.

The EPA created the Ozone Layer Protection Awards in 1990 to recognize outstanding contributions to the protection of the Earth’s stratospheric ozone layer. Since then, 533 individuals, companies, organizations, and teams from 49 countries have earned this honor.

For more information, visit www.arystalifescience.com.

Clomazone and Fomesafen Ecological Risk Assessments Issued for Comment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed and is requesting public comment on draft ecological risk assessments for the pesticides clomazone and fomesafen.  Public comment on the clomazone and fomesafen draft ecological risk assessments is invited through June 22, 2009.

Clomazone is a broad-spectrum herbicide used for control of annual grasses and broadleaf weeds in cotton, peas, pumpkins, soybeans, sweet potatoes, tobacco, winter squash and fallow wheat fields. Fomesafen is a preplant, preemergence and postemergence herbicide used on soybeans, snap beans, dry beans and cotton.

The agency is also initiating consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding these pesticides’ potential effects to species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  

EPA’s draft ecological risk assessments and endangered species effects determinations for both clomazone and fomesafen indicate that the use of these pesticides is likely to adversely affect a variety of listed species and may affect elements of designated critical habitat influenced by effects to plants.  

For additional information, please see EPA’s Federal Register Notice at www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-PEST/2009/April/Day-22/p9231.htm.

Rimon Insecticide Receives EPA Registration for Tomatoes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted federal registration to Rimon 0.83 EC Insecticide for use on tomatoes. Rimon is a broad-spectrum insect growth regulator that provides worm control. It also suppresses a wide variety of immature pests, including whiteflies, thrips, stinkbugs and plant bugs. Distributed by Chemtura Crop Protection, Rimon is registered for use on a variety of other fruits and vegetables.

The active ingredient in Rimon is novaluron, a chitin inhibitor that interferes with the development and successful molting of target insects. Rimon is rainfast on plant tissue, has a low impact on beneficial insects and does not flare mites or other pests.

While the Rimon label expansion to include tomatoes has been approved by the EPA, some state labels may still be pending. Tomato growers should consult with their local Chemtura Crop Protection representative for the latest information.

Review the label for complete use directions. For more information on Rimon, contact your local Chemtura representative or visit www.chemturacrop.com.

EPA Approves Label Updates for Laudis Herbicide
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved several label updates for Laudis herbicide from Bayer CropScience. Laudis controls grassy and broadleaf weeds such as ragweeds, lambsquarters, velvetleaf, waterhemp and woolly cupgrass in cornfields.

In most situations, growers can now rotate to sugarbeets and certain dry beans 10 months after Laudis application. The previous rotation requirement was 18 months.

EPA approved the use of High Surfactant Oil Concentrates (HSOC) with Laudis as alternatives to traditional MSO surfactants. The label update also includes guidelines for using HSOCs with glyphosate herbicides.

If growers need to make a second application of Laudis on field corn, white corn or popcorn, the applications can now be made seven days apart. The previous requirement was a 14-day waiting period.

For more information about Laudis, growers can visit www.LaudisInAction.com.