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Pesticide Postings 2017

Up-to-date information on deregistered chemicals, new off-labels, emergency use authorisations and new plant protection products(PPP's)

10 October 2017
Questions and Answers related to the UK's withdrawal from the EU with regard to plant protection products and pesticide residues.

Signum off-labels have been updated covering both food and ornamentals.
Food -  outdoor: red and white currants, blueberry, gooseberry, salad onion, parsnip, celeriac, courgette, summer squash and horseradish; outdoor and indoor: herbs, cherry, plum, babyleaf lettuce and brassica. Signum food off-label
Ornamentals - outdoor and indoor: foliage, flowers, woody ornamentals, ornamental seedlings and bulbs and forest nursery. Signum ornamentals off-label


6 October 2017
The PCS are holding an Information Seminar entitled 'Plant Protection Developments in the Horticultural sector' on Tuesday 31 October at 1.30pm at Backweston. The event is free but advance booking is required.


 3 October 2017
The European Commission host a very useful website that allows you to find the current MRL (maximim residue limit) for any particular crop. For example, you can run a search for the MRL for azoxystrobin (Amistar) on cabbage and broccoli. MRL's have been set for all actives and represent the maximum residue that should arise in food when pesticides are correctly used. MRL figures for any particular pesticide and crop combination can and do change - so keep an eye on them using this database.


 28 September 2017
The Farm Hazardous Waste Collection Days 2017 will be taking place during October/November. There are 10 locations around the country.  These EPA funded collection points allow farmers to get rid of hazardous materials at a very reduced rate - €2 per kilo. Please consult the flier for details: Hazardous Waste Leaflet


 21 September 2017
It is expected that the authorisation of all iprodione products (Rovral WG, Grisu) will be revoked in the next few months. It will shortly be voted on by Brussels. So we should have the use of the active for the next two seasons.


4 September 2017
All products based on cypermethrin were deregistered 31 March 2017  with a final use-up date of 30 September 2018. During the course of a review of cypermethrin, a minimum buffer zone requirement of at least 85m was proposed for products containing this active. Taking into account the average field size and prevalence of water courses in Ireland and as the PCS currently have a policy of not approving products which require buffer zones (aquatic or non-aquatic) that are in excess of 50m, a decision was taken not to renew the approval for field use. Cypermethrin based products include: Ambush, Barclay Cypersect, Croplink Methrin, Sitrine. The active is still available on the amateur market.

The long awaited new aphicide from Dow is now registered as Closer, which contains sulfoxaflor. The label covers use on brassicas, lettuce, spinach and potatoes. It's available as Transform for cereals. This is a brand new systemic active that promises to be a useful replacement for Aphox. Closer label


27 July 2017
Luna Privelege
was granted a 120 day authorisation for protected cucumbers which started on 1 June 2017. There is one change to the original version: "grown in artificial substrate" has been added to the crops.
Luna Privilege Authorisation
 
Talius is a new off-label for the control of powdery mildew in outdoor ornamentals and forest nurseries. 
Talius off-label


17 July, 2017
Benevia
has been recently approved by the PCS. It's the foliar version of Verimark (cyantraniliprole). It has on-label approval for use on cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, onions, scallions, carrot and parsnip. It controls cabbage root fly (CRF) and caterpillar on brassicas, thrips and onion fly on alliums and carrot fly on carrot and parsnip. There is also an off-label for Benevia to control CRF and caterpillar on swedes and turnips. Benevia off-label


6 July, 2017
Cuprene 50 (copper oxychloride) that was deregistered on 31 December 2014 has resurfaced in the form of Curenox 50WP which is distributed by Unichem. It has has grapes on the label with an off-label for potato, swede, apple, pear and ornamentals. It arose from pressure from French grape farmers to get some form of copper reinstated and the Department here were anxious to have something that organic growers could use for potato blight as currently there is nothing. The off-label covers blight on potatoes, downy mildew on swede and scab and canker control on apple and pear. An effort was made to get one of the systemic blight products in as an off-label for downy mildew control on swede but it didn't work out. Curenox 50WP off-label


14 June, 2017
A great new blight fungicide has been launched by DuPont: Zorvec Enicade (oxathiapiprolin). It's been on trial in Oak Park for the past two seasons and has performed well. Plus the even better news is that onions are on the label along with garlic and shallots. BUT......here's the problem. The label states that it can only be used as a tank mix with Curzate (for resistance management purposes) which is fine for potatoes as Curzate is registered for that crop but onions are not on the Curzate label. So Zorvec will be a no-show for alliums.


3 April, 2017
A 120 Day Authorisation has been granted for the use of Luna Privilege on indoor tomatoes grown in artificial substrate for the control of Cladosporium. It runs from 1 April to 29 July 2017.


1 April 2017
A 120 Day Authorisation has been granted for the use of Dynamec on indoor blackberry and raspberry for the control of spider mite. It runs from 1 April to 29 July 2017.


31 March 2017
The Score label has been reregistered. A small but important change in the re-issued label is that the maximum number of applications has been cut  from 3 to 2 in cabbage and from 4 to 2 in Brussels sprouts. A revised off-label for Score has added outdoor lettuce to the existing list of crops. This is a welcome addition that will help in the control of lettuce leaf spot.


28 March 2017
A new herbicide Bonalan, has recently been registered for use on a range of vegetables with both on-label and off-label recommendations. It's based on an active called benfluralin closely related to trifluralin that was in Treflan of old. However in comparison to Treflan it covers a smaller spectrum of weeds and will be more expensive. It controls fat hen, Polygonums and annual meadow grass. On-label crops include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, sprouts, peas, beans and lettuce and off-label crops cover swede, baby leaf, herbs and spinach. Bonalan off-label


14 March 2017
A new off-label for disease control in ornamental bulbs has been launched - Deuce.
Deuce off-label


1 March 2017
Basagran has been added to the herbicide line-up for outdoor leeks and salad onions. Basagran off-label


27 February 2017
Apollo 50 SC fungicide for use on flowers, foliage, woody ornamentals, bulbs, seedlings and forest nursery. Apollo off-label


The use of any plant protection product mentioned on this webpage is entirely at the user's risk. The instructions on the label must be read carefully and followed accordingly.