Mite and scale control authorisation extended for top fruit

The Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) has re-authorised the Bayer insecticide Envidor (spirodiclofen) for use on apple and pear.

Two-spotted spider mite - image: Bayer CropScience
Two-spotted spider mite - image: Bayer CropScience

Bayer product manager for fruit and vegetable crops Claire Matthewman says this is good news for growers in the current climate of increasing product restrictions and losses.

"Envidor's unique mode of action for control of mite pests and mussel scale is becoming increasingly valuable due to loss of other actives, and for pear sucker control it is the favoured standard in 'soft' programmes that are kind to beneficials."

Envidor remains authorised for one application per crop at a maximum individual dose of 0.6 L/ha with latest time of application 14 days before harvest. However the buffer zone has been reduced from 30 to 15 metres.

The new label (MAPP 17518) already has EAMUs for outdoor crops of plum, cherry, apricot, peach, nectarine, blackcurrant, redcurrant, whitecurrant, gooseberry and outdoor use in ornamental plant production, as well as on permanent protection with full enclosure crops of cucumber, pepper, chilli and tomato.

It is understood that EAMUs for protected and outdoor strawberry, outdoor soft fruit and protected ornamentals are being pursued too.

The withdrawal timetable for old label MAPP 13947 Envidor is: final sale to growers 31 March 2017; final use/disposal by growers 31 March 2018.


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