One more year without Valor
June 21, 2007
The good news is that a label for Valor (flumioxazin) is anticipated to be registered for dry bean desiccation use in 2008. The bad news is that a label isnt expected for use during the 2007 growing season.
With other desiccant products (Aim, paraquat) already available, Section 18 emergency label exemption cant be justified, says Jim Gray, pesticide registration coordinator with the N.D. Department of Agriculture.
At the last Northarvest Bean Day, Gray warned growers tempted by off-label use of Valor this season. Remember, theres no tolerance, no acceptable level of active ingredient established yet. If a batch of beans is tested, by a processor elevator or FDA, and they find any detectable flumioxazin (the product ai), those beans are deemed unsafe to be used as a food or feed source, he says. So think not only about the risk as an individual farmer, but what it could do to the reputation of the dry edible bean industry.