New approval gives more opportunity to use Gazelle SG

A new specific off-label approval (SOLA) for Gazelle SG gives salad crop growers more opportunity to use the foliar insecticide.

SOLA 20082234 - which applies to lettuce, frise, lamb's lettuce, raddichio, scarole, parsley, rocket and baby leaf brassicas both outdoors and under protection - allows growers to make two applications per crop instead of two applications per year.

"The old SOLA was restrictive," said technical officer Alan Horgan of Certis, which markets the product. "It meant that hard strategic decisions had to be made as to when Gazelle SG was used."

For growers with stocks of Gazelle, an older version of Gazelle SG, a new SOLA with the same change has been issued - number 20082234.

The active ingredient, acetamiprid, belongs to the neonicotinoid group of insecticides and only two foliar applications of products from this group can be used per crop as a strategy to prevent pest resistance. But two applications of Gazelle or Gazelle SG are permitted following a neonicotinoid seed or module treatment as long as a foliar application of an insecticide from a different group is used before Gazelle.

The SOLAs apply to the control of Myzus persicae and Nasonovia ribisnigri aphids.

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