Minor use label expansion granted for Acrobat 50 WP Fungicide for management of Phytophthora on peppers

J. Chaput, OMAFRA, Minor Use Coordinator, Guelph

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion for Acrobat 50 WP fungicide for suppression of Phytophthora blight on peppers in Canada.  Acrobat fungicide was already labeled for management of diseases on potatoes, cucurbits and ornamentals and for late blight on fruiting vegetables in Canada.

This minor use project sponsored by Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Pest Management Centre (AAFC-PMC) was submitted in 2004 in response to minor use priorities identified by producers and extension personnel in Canada.

This new registration will provide field pepper growers with a much needed disease and resistance management tool to help manage one of their most challenging disease problems.

The following is provided as a general, abbreviated outline only. Users should consult the complete label before using Acrobat 50 WP fungicide.

Acrobat 50 WP must be applied prior to the onset of Phytophthora blight infection at a rate of 450 g product per ha in at least 200 L water per ha.   For Phytophthora blight, use a 5 – 7 day interval under high disease pressure and a 7 – 10 day interval under lower disease pressure.  A maximum of 2 applications per season is permitted.  Acrobat can be applied up the day of harvest of peppers.

Acrobat 50 WP fungicide should be used in an integrated pest management program and in rotation with other management strategies.  Follow all other precautions and directions for use on the Acrobat fungicide label.

We wish to acknowledge the personnel of BASF Canada Inc. for their support of this registration and the personnel of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency for evaluating and approving this important pest management tool.

For copies of the new supplemental label contact Janice LeBoeuf, OMAFRA, Ridgetown (519) 674-1699, Jim Chaput, OMAFRA, Guelph (519) 826-3539 or visit the BASF Canada website.

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