Growers are advised to read the label carefully prior to applications of Mocap (ethoprophos) due to label changes.
Mocap 10g is currently in the grower use up period, which lasts until 10 June 2015, and is now not available to purchase.
Next season there is a new formulation available as Mocap 15g is now registered. Mocap 15g has a new label that growers must adhere to when treating.
Important changes to the label are: the new maximum application rate of 40kg/ha, and a new harvest interval of 80 days. The new rate is equivalent to the 60kg/ha rate that 10g has on the label for wireworm reduction, while the harvest interval has increased from 56 days to 80 days.
Mocap 10g and 15g should each be applied according to their respective labels, as there are substantial differences and growers must take care not to inadvertently exceed the new maximum dose rate for 15g as well as to apply it only using the correct rotors.
For more information growers are advised either to contact their distributor, adviser or the Certis technical hotline number.
Growers are also warned of the increasing focus on stewardship measures. The changes follow advice from the Soil Pest Management Initiative (nematicides Stewardship) which aims to ensure that applications of nematicides are made responsibly in light of residue concerns. The changes focus on three key areas.
• Full mechanical application is required and the aim should be to have applicators set up so that there is a minimum distance between the applicator outlet and soil surface.
• Avoid granules being deflected by linkage arms or any other part of the equipment.
• Seal lids of hoppers, leaving only the closed transfer system inlet as an entry point and dispose of any tape as ethoprophos pesticide waste.
• Monitor product application rate and adjust as necessary. Check applicator rotors regularly to ensure product is flowing freely.
• Use closed transfer system as intended.
• Be aware of wind direction when filling applicator hoppers.
• Follow the requirements for Protective Personal Equipment (PPE), which are stated on the label for application and cleaning down equipment.
• Ensure tractor cab air filters are working properly and check them regularly.
Cleaning and disposal
• Return closed transfer system to your supplier without cleaning it out.