Strawberry plants

FMC’s Rhyme fungicide approved for chemigation in California

Rhyme fungicide from FMC, registered for a wide range of specialty crops throughout the U.S., has received approval from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for chemigation application in strawberries, tomatoes, cucurbits, and fruiting vegetables.

According to FMC, chemigation use instructions allow Rhyme application through drip or sprinkler irrigation systems, including center pivot, lateral move, end tow, side (wheel) roll, traveler, big gun, solid set, micro-sprinkler, or hand move systems.

FMC says chemigation approval will help growers achieve the “right rate at the right time in the right place” with minimal environmental exposure to crop protection products.

Drip irrigation is widely used in California and Florida in strawberries, tomatoes, and vegetable crops. The chemigation label for Rhyme fungicide gives growers a good tool to control diseases, including charcoal rot.

Charcoal rot resides in the soil for many years and, when a susceptible host is encountered, it can infect the roots resulting in the collapse and death of plants. FMC says the disease has been found in all major strawberry producing counties in California.

Flutriafol, the active ingredient in Rhyme fungicide, is highly systemic so it quickly moves into the plant and new growth via the xylem conductive system.

FMC says the product is highly mobile in the plant, and can translocate quickly to provide protection from fungal pathogens.

Always read and follow label directions.

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