TPI Seeks Input on MSMA Re-Registration

Drexel Chemical and Luxembourg-Pamol, the two registrants of MSMA, comprise the membership of the Organic Arsenical Products Task Force (OAPTF).  This Task Force is planning to submit an application to the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs in early 2019 under the Pesticide Review Improvement Act (PRIA) to make the conditional turf uses of MSMA permanent and to restore some of the turf uses canceled in 2009.  Currently, the MSMA label permits two broadcast applications per season for sod production and prohibits MSMA applications in Florida.  The Task Force would like to better understand the needs of sod producers prior to submitting the PRIA application to make sure their voices are heard throughout this process in their pursuit to make permanent the conditional uses of MSMA in sod production.

Questions to Turfgrass Producers

  1. Are the currently labeled two broadcast applications per season adequate?  
  2. Do Florida sod producers want or need MSMA re-registered in Florida?

Are there other changes or additions to the use of MSMA needed in sod production that are currently lacking? TPI will be working with the OAPTF to construct comments for submission and are seeking turfgrass producers who are willing to participate in this process. Please contact Dr. Casey Reynolds, Executive Director of TPI at creynolds@Turfgrasssod.org or (847) 737-1846 to provide any comments and/or to submit letters of support. 

About the Author

Casey Reynolds, PhD
Dr. Casey Reynolds is the Executive Director at Turfgrass Producers International

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