March 2, 2015 – Gowan Agro Canada recently announced that Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) has been added to the Imidan 70WP Instapak Canadian label.
This new registration allows apple, blueberry, tart cherry, grape, peach, pear and plum growers to maintain their fruit quality by protecting against SWD damage. Damage is caused when SWD females lay their eggs inside intact fruit before it can be harvested. SWD larvae hatch, begin to feed and the affected fruit becomes soft and unmarketable.
Gowan Company has had SWD on its U.S. Imidan label for the past few seasons and it’s proven to be a valuable tool in the fight against SWD.
“Spotted Wing Drosophila is a new pest in Canada and even though Imidan is a mature product, fruit growers asked us to add SWD to the label because they needed help to control this insect,” said Garth Render, general manager of Gowan Agro Canada. “Staying true to its roots, the Gowan Company responded to customer needs, investing resources to add SWD to the Canadian label for this relatively small market.”
Imidan 70WP is a broad-spectrum organophosphate and contains a Group 1B insecticide. It controls a number of different insects in many fruit crops.