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New option for potato, onion harvest, storage quality


June 21, 2010
By Fruit & Vegetable

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June 17, 2010,
Lawrenceville, GA – Royal MH® is now available in a new product,
marking the first time growers have access to the product.

June 17, 2010,
Lawrenceville, GA – Royal MH® is now available in a new product,
marking the first time growers have access to the product.

Royal MH-30 Xtra, marketed
by Chemtura AgroSolutions, is a plant growth regulator that provides harvest
and storage quality benefits for potatoes and onions.

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“We’re confident that
growers will appreciate the convenience and versatility of Royal MH-30 Xtra,”
said Kevin Brost, Canadian business manager with Chemtura AgroSolutions. “This
new product is easy to use and has a wide range of tank-mix options. Royal
MH-30 Xtra is proven to reduce shrinkage and improve grade quality in potatoes,
as well as preventing sprouting in storage.”

Royal MH-30 Xtra is
available in a liquid formulation and is packed in 2 x 10 litre jugs. Royal
MH-30 Xtra is reported to decrease potato shrinkage by up to 15 per cent, and
improve grade by reducing the roughness of potatoes. With timely application,
the number of undersized potatoes at harvest can also be substantially reduced,
states the company.

Potatoes properly treated
with Royal MH-30 Xtra can reportedly be held between 7 to 10 Celsius without
sprouting, saving growers the cost of low-temperature storage and
reconditioning. One application will protect potatoes from sprouting in storage
by prolonging the naturally occurring dormant state and stopping internal
sprouting in the tuber of the potato or onion. Additional treatments after
storage are allegedly not necessary.

“Royal MH-30 Xtra is a
substantial step forward for potato and onion growers who want to add value and
quality to their harvest,” said Brost. “Growers now have more flexibility in
marketing decisions and storage convenience without additional postharvest
costs, while controlling volunteer potatoes in subsequent cropping.”

For more information on
the use of Royal-MH 30 Xtra, visit www.ChemturaAgroSolutions.com.