Apr 13, 2017
FMC fungicide receives California approval for chemigation applications

Rhyme fungicide from FMC, registered for a range of specialty crops throughout the U.S., received approval from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for chemigation application in strawberries, tomatoes, cucurbits, fruiting vegetables with other crops to follow.

Chemigation use instructions allow Rhyme fungicide to be applied through drip or sprinkler irrigation systems including center pivot, lateral move, end tow, side (wheel) roll, traveler, big gun, solid set, micro-sprinkler or hand move systems, according to FMC. Chemigation use instructions are now on file everywhere Rhyme fungicide is registered.

“FMC is pleased that Rhyme fungicide can now be applied via efficient drip irrigation systems,” said Henry Buckwalter, state regulatory and government affairs manager for FMC.

Drip irrigation is widely used in California and Florida in strawberries, tomatoes and vegetable crops, according to the company. The chemigation label for Rhyme fungicide gives growers a tool to control diseases including charcoal rot, FMC claims. Charcoal rot resides in the soil for many years and, when a susceptible host is encountered, it will infect the roots resulting in the collapse and death of plants. The disease has been found in all the major strawberry producing counties in California.

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