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Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/15/2007
Wisconsin vegetable growers would have better control of grasses and broadleaf weeds under a special pesticide registration
proposed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. This special registration will allow producers who raise minor vegetable
crops to control broadleaf weeds, sedges and grasses through the use of Dual Magnum. Wisconsin citizens have until January
25 to review and comment on the proposed five-year special pesticide registration.
The special registration process allows states to register pesticide products without prior federal approval, giving states
flexibility to meet local needs such as controlling a plant disease or insect outbreak.
Vegetable growers in Wisconsin are faced with a wide variety of weeds but have few federally registered pesticides available
for weed control prior to weed emergence. The alternative herbicides are either non-existent or inadequate for wide spectrum
weed control in these crops. Weed competition can significantly reduce vegetable crop yield because the weeds often out
compete the vegetable plants for sunshine, nutrients and water.
Growers would be able to use Dual Magnum on several minor vegetable crops grown in the state including asparagus, bell
peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, carrots, celery, Daikon radishes, dry bulb onions,
eggplant, garden beets, green onions, horseradish, leeks, parsnips, radishes, rhubarb, rutabagas, spinach, Swiss chard, and
The preliminary environmental assessment indicates the proposed registration will not require a full environmental impact
statement. For a copy of the environmental assessment, call 608-224-4547.
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