Ag Worker Protection Standard Revisions Finalized
On September 28, 2015 EPA finalized revisions to the worker protection standard. This final rule enhances the protections provided to agricultural workers, pesticide handlers, and other persons under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) by strengthening elements of the existing regulation, such as training, notification, pesticide safety and hazard communication information, use of personal protective equipment, and the providing of supplies for routine washing and emergency decontamination. Read more
about the revisions on the EPA's website.
2015 NYS Certified Seed Potato Directory Available
The 2015 NYS Certified Seed Potato Directory
is now available. There is a wealth of information on NYS potato seed certification, as well as on the 75 varieties grown for certification in 2015. The varieties include standards for processing and tablestock, newer varieties and numbered lines, and specialty/heirloom varieties. Brief summaries of the varieties' maturity, appearance, yield potential, and major disease susceptibility are included. Contact info for the growers with seed supplies of each variety is included. There is also a listing of the inspectors from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets in Albany, Rochester and Syracuse. The NYS Certified Seed Potato Program is part of the New York Seed Improvement Project.
New Fungicide to Combat Early Blight and SLSPriaxor is labeled for disease control and plant health in the following crops: barley, corn (all types), dried shelled peas and beans, edible-podded legume vegetables, fruiting vegetables (including tomato), oats, oilseed crops (flax seed, rapeseed, safflower, and sunflower), peanut, rye, sorghum and millet, soybean, succulent shelled peas and beans, sugar beet, sugarcane, tuberous and corm vegetable (potato), wheat and triticale. Early blight in tomato and potato is one of the most important uses for Priaxor.
QoI fungicides are no longer recommended used alone for this disease because resistance is becoming widespread. Having a QoI component in Priaxor is important for managing Septoria leaf spot, another important disease in NY.
Priaxor is classified for restricted use in NY. Use is prohibited in Suffolk and Nassau counties on Long Island. REI is 12 hours. PHI is 0 days for tomato. It is as long as 21 days for some other crops. Read more...