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Model 320 Vineyard Special

Model 320 Vineyard Special

Topdresser spreader

Earth and Turf Products, LLC, of New Holland, Pennsylvania, has introduced a vineyard topdresser spreader. The Model 320 Vineyard Special measures 39 inches at its widest point. It fits between narrow vineyard or orchard rows but can carry two cubic yards of topdressing (maximum load 3,000 pounds).

The new topdresser spreader features a side-to-side spread beater to distribute material only to the side as the unit is pulled between rows. Maximum spread width is 72 inches. An optional beater attachment assures even spread of material across the rows. The beater and apron belt are driven by tractor hydraulics.

For more information, call (717) 355-2446, or (800) 879-6507.

Quash diseases

A new triazole fungicide called Quash (metconazole) is registered in Washington and Oregon for management of rot and powdery mildew in stone fruits, including cherries. The fungicide works against both the blossom blight and fruit stages of brown rot.

Byron Phillips, representative for Valent USA Corporation, said Quash can be rotated with chemistries, such as strobilurins or quinolenes. He thinks the best fit for Quash is in the early season—during bloom and at petal fall to shuck split. The product can be used up to three times per season, with two applications permitted after petal fall. It has a 12-hour restricted-entry interval and a 14-day preharvest interval. For more information, check the Web site at, or call (800) 682-5368.

Clutch for grapes

Clutch (clothianidin) is a third-generation neonicotynil insecticide for grapes. It is designed to control a number of pests, including the leafhopper, vine and grape mealybug, glassy-winged sharpshooter, and grapeleaf skeletonizer. The re-entry interval is 12 hours. A soil label registration is pending in California, according to the registrant, Valent Agricultural Products.

Marrone name change

Marrone Organic Innovations, Inc., has changed its name to Marrone Bio Innovations to more accurately represent its focus on the development of effective and environmentally responsible pesticide active ingredients from novel biological sources. More than 80 percent of biopesticides are used in conventional farming, according to a press release from the company.

Marrone Bio Innovations markets three products:

• Regalia for controlling both fungal and bacterial diseases. The active ingredient (Reynoutria sachalinensis) is an extract of giant knotweed.

• GreenMatch, a burndown herbicide for use in organic crop production. It is formulated with citrus oil extracts.

• GreenMatch EX, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-exempt burndown herbicide for use in organic crops that is based on lemongrass oil extracts.

The company is developing several new products for conventional and organic agriculture.

For information, call (877) 664-4476 or check the Web site at

Organic nematicide

Nema-Q, an organic nematicide from Monterey AgResources, has been registered by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. The active ingredient is an extract from the Quillaja saponaria tree, which is native to Chile. It is derived from prunings of existing native quillaja trees.

The nematicide has been used in Chile for several years, according to a press release, and has been tested in field trials conducted by the University of California and private researchers in the United States.

The product acts directly on parasitic nematodes that cause plant damage by feeding on roots. It can be applied through the irrigation system by drip, microsprinkler, or band application. For more information, check the Web site at

Convertible utility vehicle

Kubota has added a transformable four-passenger model to its four-wheel-drive utility vehicles. The RTV1140CPX quickly converts from a one- to two-row seating configuration, allowing the operator to choose between additional passenger or cargo capacity. It is powered by a three-cylinder diesel 24.8-horsepower engine and has four-wheel wet disc brakes and hydraulic power steering. Maximum cargo load is 1,102 pounds, and its towing capacity is 1,300 pounds. For more information, check the Web site at

New pyrethroid insecticide

Declare is a new pyrethroid insecticide that is labeled for control of a broad range of insects in stone fruits and several other crops. Declare (gammacyhalothrin) is formulated in capsule suspension water- based formulation that provides both knockdown and residual control at a relatively low rate, according to the registrant ­Cheminova. It can be tank mixed with other insecticides.

For more information, check the Web site at

Voliam registered

Voliam Flexi insecticide has been registered by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for use on pome fruit, stone fruit, grapes, and potatoes. The insecticide has two active ingredients: chlorantraniliprole (from the diamide family of insecticides) and thiamethoxam (a neonicotinyl). It is designed to protect crops from chewing and sucking insects as well as lepidopteran pests, according to the registrant, Syngenta.

Mettle approved

Mettle 125 ME (tetraconazole) fungicide has been registered with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for use on grapes to control powdery mildew and other diseases. It is also registered in Oregon, Washington, Ohio, and Michigan. Registration is pending in New York and other states. Manufactured and marketed by Isagro USA, the fungicide is a sterol biosynthesis inhibitor. For information, check the Web site at