New SOLAs granted for ornamental crops

Specific Off Label Approval extensions have been granted to Rumo containing indoxacarb and Valbon containing benthiavalicarb isopropyl and mancozeb.

Rumo is marketed by Du Pont UK and there are a number of restrictions on its use:

  • For outdoor forest nursery, outdoor hops and outdoor ornamental plant production use it may be used three times per crop at a maximum dose of 250 grams per hectare.
  • On protected forest nursery, protected hops and protected edible and non edible seed crops, additional restrictions apply and it may be used 6 times per year.
  • When applying to protected crops the maximum spray concentration must not exceed 12.5g product per 100 litres water.
  • Use via Broadcast Air Assisted Sprayers is not allowed.
  • When used on ornamental plants, at forest nurseries, or edible crops (excluding cereals, potatoes, oilseeds and pulses), the seed or any part of treated plants must not be used for human or animal food or feed.
  • Treated hops must not be harvested for human or animal consumption (including idling) within 12 months of treatment.
  • The SOLA expires on 31 March 2016.

Valbon is marketed by Certis Europe BV and the following restrictions apply:

  • For outdoor ornamental plant production and amenity vegetation, Valbon may be used once per crop at a maximum dose of 1.6kg/ha.
  • Due to the risk to aquatic life, Local Environment Risk Assessment for Pesticide (LERAP) restrictions apply.
  • The SOLA expires on 20 June 2016.
  • This approval relates to the use of ‘Valbon' (M14868) for the control of Downy mildew on ornamentals and amenity vegetation.
  • Methods of application - tractor and hand-held sprayer
  • Water volumes - 200-500 l/ha
  • Spray interval - 7 to 10 days
  • Timing - before incidence of infection, estimated between January to November.

‘Valbon' contains benthiavalicarb which is a member of the carboxylic acid amide (CAA) group of fungicides.

No more than half of the total number of sprays applied to the crop should consist of CAA fungicides, and no more than three consecutive applications of a CAA fungicide should be made.


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