Last week U.S. EPA granted CCM’s Section 18 request to use EVERGREEN PRO 60-6 (EPA Reg. No. 1021-1770) as a post-harvest treatment option for ALL citrus in California. Yesterday, California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) issued its Section 18 Quarantine Exemption No. 18-07 to the appropriate County Ag Commissioners. DPR worked with the EPA to approve this request has a Quarantine instead of Specific exemption. The EPA concurred with this decision and has approved the Section for about 2.5 years, the emergency exemption will expire February 9, 2021.
SECTION 18 QUARANTINE EXEMPTION NO. 18-07
Products: EVERGREEN PRO 60-6 (EPA Reg. No. 1021-1770)
Crop: Harvested Citrus (Citrus Fruit Group, Crop Group 10-10)
Pest: To prevent the spread of Asian Citrus Psyllids (ACP), the vector for Huanglongbing (HLB)
EPA File Symbol: 18-CA-08 and 18-CA-09
This post-harvest treatment option for citrus allows for spraying a trailer full of oranges or mandarins in an enclosed tent while still in the field. Prior to conducting the treatment, please make sure that you read the advisory from DPR and CDFA (coming soon) and the research paper documenting the treatment that was conducted by Beth Grafton-Cardwell and Spencer Walse (USDA). Please make sure that you refer to both documents when conducting the treatment.
CDFA wanted us to make sure that it stressed to you all that this is an optional method of treatment. If you want to stick with your current treatment, that is completely acceptable. This is not a mandated method of treatment.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lori Apodaca, Director of Regulatory Affairs, at (559) 592-3790.