New pyrethroid registered
Cheminova, Inc. has received federal registration for Declare insecticide, a pyrethroid that is effective against a broad range of insects in crops like cotton, corn, alfalfa, vegetables, stone fruits, tree nuts, small grains, rice and others. Most state registrations have also been received, but some are still pending.
“Declare is not only the most active pyrethroid in the world, but it also has a use-rate that is among the lowest of any insecticide available,” says Dr. Jim Barrentine, technical services director for Cheminova. “Declare provides superior performance against insects like aphids, beetles, stinkbugs, worms and other pests in both crop and non-crop situations.”
Declare is formulated in a state-of-the-art capsule suspension (CS) water-based formulation. “This capsule suspension formulation provides both knockdown and residual control, with a use rate that is at least 20 percent more efficient than its nearest competitor,” says Barrentine.
Declare can be tankmixed with a wide range of other insecticides for additional protection. Visit www.cheminova.us.com.
Modify/extend CRP contracts
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will offer certain producers the opportunity to modify and extend their Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts that are scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, 2009.
A general CRP sign-up is not scheduled during fiscal year 2009. However, producers may continue to enroll relatively small, highly desirable acreages, including land that is not extended, into Continuous CRP. Continuous CRP includes such practices as filter strips and riparian buffers.
The sign-up for this voluntary extension began on May 18 and runs through June 30, 2009. Farmers and ranchers may apply for this extension at their FSA county office. FSA administers CRP on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation.
CRP contracts with the highest environmental benefit or with the highest potential for soil erosion will be selected. Contracts can’t exceed 15 years in the aggregate, and chosen CRP contract holders will generally be offered a three- to five-year extension.
Producers electing to extend their contract period will receive their current contract rental rate. All or a portion of the acreage under contract may be included in an extension, but no new acreage may be added.
Safe trucking guide offered
The American Trucking Associations’ Agricultural/Food Transporters Conference (AFTC) has released the Manager’s Guide to Safe Trucking During Agricultural Planting and Harvest Season. Available free at www.truckline.com/Federation/Conferences/AFTC/, this guide provides educational resources for truck drivers and their managers in the agricultural industry, encouraging active strategies to improve safety during peak times of production.
The guide focuses on active strategies for hiring decisions, communicating with drivers and monitoring and managing fatigue.