DATCP: Public Asked to Review Special Cranberry Pesticide Registration

MADISON-Wisconsin cranberry growers would continue to control a certain insect in the bogs under a special pesticide registration proposed by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. This special registration will continue to allow cranberry growers to use Diazinon 14G to control cranberry girdler larvae, an insect that damages plants and reduces the amount of cranberries grown in infested acres.

A special registration was issued in 2005 for Diazinon G-14 manufactured by UAP Loveland Products, Inc. UAP Loveland Products, Inc., no longer supports the registration of their Diazinon G-14 insecticide. To fill the marketplace need, the Wilbur-Ellis Company has requested a special registration for their Diazinon 14G product for control of cranberry girdler larvae on cranberries.

The special registration process allows state to register pesticide products for specific uses without prior federal approval. The procedure gives states flexibility to meet local needs, such as controlling a plant disease or insect outbreak. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reviews the states’ decisions and can reject the decisions if they are not justified.

Citizens have until Fri., Aug. 11, 2006 to comment on this proposed three-season special pesticide registration which expires in 2008.

Diazinon 14G is federally registered for use on a variety of vegetable crops.

A full environmental impact statement is not required for the department to issue this label. However, in the evaluation, the department determined that fish, birds, and wildlife including waterfowl are susceptible to poisoning if overexposed to this product. Because of the potential impacts to humans and other animals, applicators are required to contact the department no less than 24 hours prior to each application. The department’s pesticide enforcement staff will target inspections of these applications.

For copies of the environmental assessment, contact Richard Eakins, P.O. Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911, (608) 224-4547 or review the assessment Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the department offices, 2811 Agriculture Dr., Madison, 2nd floor. Comments received on or before 4:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 11, 2006 will become part of the preliminary environmental assessment record. Send comments to Richard Eakins.

Wisconsin ranks first in the nation for cranberry production with approximately 17,000 acres grown annually.