New Alion herbicide label for Michigan fruit crops

Alion receives EPA approval for use on blueberry, caneberry and hops.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a Supplemental Label for Alion Herbicide (indaziflam) for use on highbush blueberry, caneberry (including blackberry, loganberry, black, red and wild raspberry) and hops. The label is part of the federal Section 3 Alion label and is effective in most states. The label expires July 20, 2020.

Blueberries

Use on blueberry has been established at least one year. Bushes must be vigorous and exhibiting normal growth. Avoid application to areas where roots are exposed or low areas where the herbicide could move into the blueberry root zone. Do not use Alion on soils classed as sand or soils with more than 20 percent gravel.

For soils with less than 1 percent organic matter, the application rate is 3.5 fluid ounces (0.045 pounds active ingredient) per acre, with a maximum of 7 fluid ounces per year in two applications. On soils with more than 1 percent organic matter, the application rate is 5 fluid ounces (0.065 pounds active ingredient) per acre, with a maximum of 10 fluid ounces per year in two applications.

Apply Alion when the plants are dormant, from late fall through early spring before bud swell. Alion should be applied to the soil on both sides of the row.

Caneberries

Use on caneberry has been established at least one year. Do not apply to soil classed as sand or on soils containing more than 20 percent gravel. On soils with less than 1 percent organic matter, use up to 3.5 fluid ounces of Alion and a maximum of 7 fluid ounces in two applications per acre per year. On soils with more than 1 percent organic matter, apply up to 5 fluid ounces with a maximum of 10 fluid ounces in two applications per year.

Apply when plants are dormant in late fall or early spring before bud swell. Apply to soil at base of canes.

Hops

Use on hops has been established at least one year, and that are growing normally with good vigor. Do not apply Alion to soils classed as sand or contain more than 20 percent gravel. On soils with less than 1 percent organic matter, use 3.5 fluid ounces per acre with a maximum of 7 fluid ounces per acre per year. On soils with more than 1 percent organic matter, use up to 5 fluid ounces with a maximum of 10 fluid ounces per acre per year.

Apply in early spring or fall after vine harvest. In spring, Alion may be applied on hops in the bud stage with shoots up to 2 inches in length. Apply in a 2-foot band on each side of the row.

Download the label at CDMS.

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