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Thimet receives four-year extension


March 28, 2008
By Marg Land


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March 28, 2008, Guelph, Ont. –
Amvac chemical corporation and Engage Agro recently announced the Pest
Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has granted a conditional four year
extension for Thimet 15G insecticide (active ingredient Phorate).

March 28, 2008, Guelph, Ont. – Amvac chemical corporation and Engage Agro recently announced the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has granted a conditional four year extension for Thimet 15G insecticide (active ingredient Phorate).

engage2“This four year extension gives potato growers the comfort of having Thimet in their arsenal while they forward plan their management strategies and crop rotations for the next four years,” says Stuart Cullen, potato product manager for Engage Agro. “This is a product potato growers, government and potato organizations know and trust and we appreciate their hard work in gaining this four year extension. Both Amvac and Engage Agro are pleased to be able to assist the growers by bringing this product to market and it will have both companies full support for as long as it is needed.”

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Recently, the PMRA decided to re-evaluate the use of the active ingredient Phorate for wireworm control in potatoes. This included Thimet 15G, an insecticide that is registered in Canada for wireworm control in potatoes.

Over the past few years, wireworms have become a serious concern in potato production and have been seen over a larger area of the potato and sugar beet growing regions of Canada. It was deemed the wireworm problem in potatoes continues to be extensive in Canada and that no adequate alternative management strategies are available to growers. Therefore, the PMRA decided to conditionally extend the phase-out of Thimet 15G Soil & Systemic Insecticide Granular as follows:

Last date of sale of Thimet 15G by registrant – December 31, 2011
Last date of sale by retailers and distributors – May 1, 2012
Last date of use by growers and users – August 1, 2012

In the past, the PMRA had granted yearly extensions to Thimet.