Goehring okays 2nd herbicide to protect dry bean crop

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has issued a special local needs (SLN) registration to Aceto Agricultural Chemicals Corp., giving North Dakota dry edible bean producers more flexibility in using Halomax 75™ herbicide to control common ragweed.

“The current, federal registration allows only pre-emergent applications to dry beans,” Goehring said. “This SLN registration allows post-emergent application, giving growers more flexibility when weather does not allow applications prior to the plants' emergence.”

The SLN labeling allows a single post-emergent, ground application of Halomax to dry beans at a rate of 0.5 to 0.67 ounces of product per acre in a minimum of 10 gallons of water. Application can be made only before bean flowering. Applicators must comply with all applicable directions, restrictions, and precautions on the SLN labeling and the EPA-registered label, and have a copy of the SLN labeling in their possession at the time of application.

Section 24(c) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act gives states the authority to register additional uses for federally registered pesticide products, or new products to meet special local needs. EPA reviews these registrations.

Goehring said the registration is similar to one issued earlier this year to Canyon Group LLC. that allows Gowan Co. to sell Permit® Herbicide for post-emergent application.

“Since Halomax 75 is very similar to Permit, this SLN registration will give dry bean growers another halosulfuron product option to meet this need,” Goehring said. “It also prevents a manufacturer from using an SLN registration to exclude competing products from the market.” 

The SLN registration expires Dec. 31, 2017.

North Dakota producers lead the nation in dry edible beans, including Navy beans, pinto beans and other varieties. The state grows about 36 percent of U.S. dry edible beans.