Posted 22 April 2011. PMN Crop News.
Belay 50 WDG Insecticide Now Labeled for Special Local Needs Use in Florida Non-Bearing Citrus
Source: Valent U.S.A. Press Release. www.valent.com
Walnut Creek, California (April 7, 2011)--Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced Belay® 50 WDG Insecticide has received a Section 24(c) Special Local Need (SLN) label* for use in the state of Florida on non-bearing citrus. Previously approved for use in a number of vegetable crops, this SLN label will allow Florida citrus growers to use Belay on new plantings or replacement trees for control of Asian citrus psyllid and citrus leafminer, which play a role in the spread of citrus greening and canker respectively.
Under the SLN label, Belay may be applied to non-bearing citrus trees as a soil drench, chemigation, banded application or as a basal trunk spray—a unique, precise application method that research suggests may improve efficiency and performance.
"Keeping replacement trees or newly established groves free of greening disease during non-bearing years is crucial for growers. Researchers recommend making soil applications of neonicotinoids every three months or so to prevent psyllids from vectoring the greening bacteria through feeding. This new SLN label for Belay provides growers with another effective tool to help maintain season-long psyllid control and get their groves back on the path to stronger health," said Jeffrey Smith, Valent field market development specialist.
Belay contains the the most recently registered neonicotinoid active ingredient in citrus. Research has shown Belay controls Asian citrus psyllid, aphids, citrus blackfly, leafminers, leafhoppers, scales and mealybugs in citrus, and also suppresses thrips and whiteflies. This third-generation neonicotinoid is readily translocated for optimum insect control.
Under the SLN label, Belay should be applied at a rate of 3.2–6.4 oz/A regardless of the application method.