The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a label expansion for Flint Fungicide for control of Alternaria leaf blight in ginseng as well as several important diseases of asparagus, root vegetables, stone fruit, strawberries, peanuts, celery and Chinese celery in Canada. Flint Fungicide was already labeled for management of diseases on pome fruit, grapes, cherries and hazelnuts in Canada.
This project sponsored by Bayer CropScience Inc. was submitted in 2010 as part of a label harmonization submission and in response to minor use priorities identified by producers and extension personnel in Canada. This label expansion is just one example of how Bayer CropScience Inc. is helping to close the crop protection technology gap existing between the U.S. and Canada.
“Sometimes past differences in the regulatory environment between the PMRA and U.S. EPA have left Canadian growers without access to tools that are available to their U.S counterparts. Regulatory changes have allowed the Canadian Bayer CropScience horticultural team to work more closely with their U.S. colleagues to share registration data for a quicker, more comprehensive review,” explains David Kikkert, Portfolio Manager, Horticulture with Bayer CropScience Inc.
These new registrations will provide Canadian producers with a helpful disease and resistance management tool to help manage some of their most challenging disease problems.
The following is provided as an abbreviated, general outline only. Users should consult the complete label before using Flint Fungicide. Flint Fungicide is registered on ginseng for the control of Alternaria leaf blight at the rate of 140 – 210 g/ha. A maximum of 4 applications can be made per season. Do not apply within 14 days of harvest of ginseng.
In general, begin applications of Flint Fungicide preventatively and prior to onset of disease infection. Consult the label and local advisory system recommendations for the appropriate application interval and water volume.
Flint Fungicide should be used in an integrated pest management program and in rotation with other management strategies. Follow all other precautions and directions for use on the Flint Fungicide label.
We wish to acknowledge the personnel of Bayer CropScience Inc. for their support of this registration and the personnel of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency for evaluating and approving this important pest management tool.
For copies of the new label contact Sean Westerveld, OMAF and MRA, Simcoe (519) 426-4323, Jim Chaput, OMAFRA, Guelph (519) 826-3539 or visit the Bayer CropScience website