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Two new apple products that are not available for Canadian growers


April 18, 2008
By Fruit & Vegetable

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Guess what, Canadian apple
producers? Once again, U.S. growers have access to two new products
while Canuck producers are out in the cold.

Guess what, Canadian apple producers? Once again, U.S. growers have access to two new products while Canuck producers are out in the cold.

Valent BioSciences announced recently that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had approved ProVide 10 SG, a plant growth regulator for use on apples to help reduce physiological russet of the apple skin, increase fruit size, prevent fruit cracking and improve overall fruit finish. ProVide 10 SG is a new, improved water-soluble granule formulation of the natural plant growth regulators gibberellins A4+A7 (GA4/A7). It is the only commercially available dry formulation of this PGR class in the world and is also expected to qualify for organic production.

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Around the same time, Fine Americas Inc. announced an extended label for Exilis Plus, a plant growth regulator used for apple thinning and fruit sizing. According to Fine Americas, Exilis Plus has been available for years as a post-bloom thinning agent. Now it can be used for fruit sizing.