Release Date: April 15, 2020
Media Contact: Leeann Duwe, Public Information Officer, (608) 224-5130
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is accepting comments through April 22 for a proposed special pesticide registration to allow carrot growers to use Lorox® DF herbicide for weed control. The registration would help carrot growers control broadleaf weeds, especially common ragweed and Eastern black nightshade. These weeds have become a problem in Wisconsin carrot production in recent years, particularly in the Central Sands area, where pesticide options are limited. Nightshade also produces poisonous berries that present a hazard in harvesting a food crop.
Lorox® DF is registered for use in carrots and other crops in Wisconsin, but not in sandy soils; that is why a special registration is necessary. The special registration will impose restrictions on where Lorox® DF may be applied when the depth to groundwater is less than 30 feet, depending on the amount of organic matter in the soil.
The previous registration for Lorox® DF expired December 31, 2019, for use on carrots pre- and post-emergence as a five-year permit. No reports of adverse effects were received during the previous registration. The proposed registration will go through December 31, 2024. Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. is the manufacturer, and the active ingredient is linuron.
The preliminary environmental assessment indicates that the proposed registration will not require a full environmental assessment. For a copy of the assessment, contact:
Alyssa Foss, DATCP
P.O. Box 8911
Madison, WI, 53708-8911
Comments received on or before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, will become part of the preliminary environmental assessment record.
How to Submit Comments
Submit comments to Alyssa Foss by mail at the above postal address or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The special registration process allows states to register additional uses of pesticide products other than those listed on their labels, without prior federal approval. It helps growers address local pest problems that cannot be adequately controlled by any available federally registered product. These problems include insect outbreaks, fungal diseases, grasses, and weeds that outcompete crops. For more information visit https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/SpecialPesticideRegistrations.aspx.
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