Bayer CropScience expanding labels in Canada
February 19, 2013 By Press release
February 19, 2013, Guelph, Ont – Labels for some products from Bayer CropScience, including Admire, Reason and Flint, have been expanded to bring Canadian fruit and vegetable growers access to more diversified crop protection options.
These changes are thanks to advancements in the regulatory environment in Canada, which now offers regulatory synchronization, allowing Bayer CropScience to review its U.S. fruit and vegetable use patterns and identify opportunities to support Canadian fruit and vegetable growers.
“Canada’s historical regulatory approach to satisfying registration requirements often meant Canadian growers were sometimes restricted from using the same products available to their U.S. counterparts,” said David Kikkert, portfolio manager for horticulture with Bayer CropScience. “The expansion of the Admire, Reason and Flint labels demonstrates our commitment to Canadian growers and how we’re striving to close the technology gap between the U.S. and Canada.”
For 17 years, growers in Canada have used Admire in potatoes, and over these years the label has expanded into crops including ginseng, brassica leafy vegetables (Crop Group 5) and highbush blueberries (Crop Group 13). The new technology gap expansion of the Admire label means Canadian growers can now:
- Apply the product on multiple crops from the same crop groups, such as all pome fruit (Crop Group 11) instead of apples alone
- Use Admire for the protection against leafhoppers on berries and small fruit, including grapes
- Use Admire on the same crops throughout Canada thanks to a national label
Canadian growers can now use Reason as a foliar fungicide on tomatoes and turnip greens for control of diseases like late and early blight and downy mildew. Regulatory advancements have also led to the expansion of the Flint label, which controls several diseases in Canada including powdery mildew, scab and rust. Previously registered for management of disease on pome fruit, grapes, cherries and hazelnuts, Canadian growers can now use Flint on a number of new crops, including strawberries for powdery mildew and on asparagus for stemphyllium purple spot and rust.
Over the past five years, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has modified how registrants can satisfy the data requirements. Today, a zonal approach can be used, allowing U.S. data to be submitted in a Canadian registration. This gives the industry a greater opportunity to address the technology gap between the U.S. and Canada. The gap is closing as a result of coordinated efforts by all stakeholders including the PMRA, Pest Management Advisory Council (PMAC), Canadian Horticultural Council, global regulatory bodies, grower groups and crop protection companies.
“Closing the technology gap between the U.S. and Canada is an important aspect of the registration process,” said Kikkert. “We are committed to capturing regulatory opportunities to further enable Canadian growers to participate in a strong and competitive fruit and vegetable market.”
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