Apogee® Plant Growth Regulator label expanded via Minor Use Program for runner suppression in strawberries

Jim Chaput, OMAFRA, Minor Use Coordinator, Guelph

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Apogee® Plant Growth Regulator for runner suppression in strawberries in Canada. Apogee® was already labeled for use on apples and cherries in Canada.

This minor use project was jointly submitted by Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Pest Management Centre (AAFC-PMC) and US IR-4 in 2010 as a result of minor use priorities established by growers and extension personnel in both countries.

The following is provided as an abbreviated, general outline only. Apply prior to the beginning of runner initiation. Users should consult the complete label before using Apogee®.

Crop Target Rate (g/ha) Applications Interval (days) PHI (days)
Strawberries Runner suppression 135 Maximum of 3 14 – 21 21

Do not contaminate off-target areas or aquatic habitats when spraying or when cleaning and rinsing spray equipment or containers.

Follow all other precautions and directions for use on the Apogee® label carefully.

We also wish to acknowledge the personnel of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency for evaluating this pest management tool and BASF Canada Inc. for supporting the label expansion in Canada.

For a copy of the new minor use label contact your local crop specialist, regional supply outlet or visit the PMRA label site http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/registrant-titulaire/tools-outils/label-etiq-eng.php

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