With an updated label for the insecticide Abamex from Nufarm, more specialty crops — including mandarin oranges — can benefit from the product’s control of pysllids, mites, leafminers, and other pests. Abamex is a new low-volatility, water-based formulation of abamectin that is safer for applicators to handle.

“Nufarm is dedicated to offering more options to farmers of high-value specialty crops,” explains Brian Rund, customer and brand marketing manager for Nufarm Americas. “Sparked by the popularity of mandarin oranges, the specialty citrus industry continues to grow. But it’s also at risk to citrus greening or Huanglongbing (HLB). As the industry continues to rely mainly on insecticides to control the Asian citrus psyllid, having another useful rotation partner such as Abamex is important for resistance management.”

Abamex is one of several brands Nufarm has to enhance and protect citrus fruit from HLB. A section 18 emergency exemption was approved for the use of Mycoshield on Florida citrus for the product’s activity against the bacteria that cause HLB.

Already a powerful tool for cotton, potatoes, cucurbit vegetables, leafy vegetables and almonds, the label update extends Abamex’s use to the following specialty crops:
•    Bean, dry and succulent
•    Citrus fruit crop group 10-10
•    Fruiting vegetables (except cucurbits) crop group 8-10
•    Grapes and small fruit vine climbing subgroup (except fuzzy kiwifruit) crop subgroup 13-07F
•    Guava
•    Lychee
•    Onion, green crop group 3-07B
•    Papaya
•    Pineapple
•    Pome fruit crop group 11-10
•    Stone fruit crop group 12-12
•    Strawberries, low growing berry subgroup 13-07G
•    Tree nuts crop group 14-12

Abamex starts working quickly to affect pests within hours of exposure. Its translaminar activity means it protects the entire leaf, inside and out.