Raleigh, NC, US
University of Florida (UF/IFAS) will host a Vegetable Growers Field Day to profile nematode control with NIMITZ™ (fluensulfone) nematicide, February 28, 2014, beginning at 9:30 am, at Ledford Farms in Homestead, Florida.
Field studies will be presented by Dr. Monica Ozores-Hampton from UF/IFAS SWFREC and Dr. Dak Seal of UF/IFAS TREC. Data presented will be specific to nematode control on tomatoes, zucchini and squash. Dennis Long, Technical Service Representative for MANA, will provide an update on efficacy, application methods and the regulatory status of NIMITZ.
NIMITZ nematicide, manufactured by MANA, is expected to receive federal EPA and Florida DACS approval later this year. NIMITZ is a broad-spectrum, non-fumigant nematicide, which is highly effective in controlling plant-parasitic nematodes. Experts estimate the annual global losses caused by nematodes on agricultural crops to be over $120 billion. NIMITZ is identified under a new class of chemistry and offers a novel mode of action with very favorable toxicological and eco-toxicological profiles.
According to Herb Young, MANA brand leader, this new offering will fill a critical need for nematode control as other organizations in the industry are phasing out older, more toxic and environmentally hazardous fumigant and non-fumigant nematicides.
“More than 1,000 successful field trials and hundreds of regulatory studies have been completed, which demonstrate the product’s effectiveness plus handling and application benefits of this innovative mode of action,” Young says. “We are proud of the cooperative research efforts between the University of Florida and MANA, and excited about the opportunity to begin sharing the crop protection benefits that NIMITZ is soon to deliver to the market.”
As part of the field day agenda, a luncheon will be hosted by MANA. The event will conclude at 2 pm.
MANA offers the most comprehensive and diversified product portfolio in the crop protection industry with more than 60 formulations of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, plant growth regulators and harvest aids. These proven products are efficiently manufactured to the highest standards and value-priced to optimize the farm’s profitability potential. As the North American arm of the world’s sixth largest agrochemical company, MANA provides best-in-class formulations, regulatory capabilities, field research, and a science-based approach to defend and maintain vital active ingredients that other companies have abandoned. Our area business management team throughout the U.S. supports the distributors, retailers, crop consultants and agronomists who are part of the supply chain that farmers and farm managers rely on for localized expertise. MANA is a North American wholly owned affiliate of ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd., formerly known as Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd (MAI).
About ADAMA Agricultural Solutions
ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd., formerly known as Makhteshim Agan Industries, is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of crop-protection solutions, and the leading off-patent provider. The Group supplies efficient solutions to farmers across the full farming value-chain, including crop-protection, novel agricultural technologies, and complementary non-crop businesses. In 2012, the Company’s revenues were over $2.83 billion, and it is ranked seventh in the world in the overall agro-chemicals industry. The Company is characterized by its innovation, farmer-centric approach to product development, and strict standards of environmental protection and quality control.