According to a press release issued by the EPA, a new active ingredient has been registered as an alternative to methyl bromide and other soil fumigants. Fluensulfone is a new class of chemistry to control nematodes and is being registered first for ground use on cucumbers, melons, squash, tomatoes, okra, eggplant and peppers (the Federal Register Notice is expected by September 19, 2014).
The registration is significant because fluensulfone provides a lower risk alternative to current alternatives. EPA’s registration of the new active ingredient confirms that it meets the safety requirements in law. Research and trial information from MANA and IR-4 suggest that while season long control may be difficult, the product performs well in comparison to industry standards and that at planting applications will allow for plants to become established.
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