Dec. 4, 2019
Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), under the authority of the Pest Control Products Act, is proposing registration for the sale and use of Belgian company Belchim Crop Protection’s bioherbicide Beloukha,containing the technical grade active ingredient pelargonic acid, for pre-emergent control or suppression of grass and broadleaf weeds, using ground application equipment only.
Pelargonic acid is a non-selective contact herbicide that inhibits plant growth by disrupting cell membranes resulting in leakage of cell contents, which leads to plant death. Pelargonic acid does not translocate in the plant nor does it have any residual activity in the soil.
Beloukha Herbicide and Beloukha Agricultural Herbicide are non-conventional and non-selective contact herbicides for control of weeds, mosses, suckers and crop desiccation.
Both Beloukha Herbicide and Beloukha Agricultural Herbicide are formulated with pelargonic acid. They provide burndown, spot, and inter-row weed control in fruit, vegetable and field crops, desiccant and pre-harvest weed management in potato and cereal crops, sucker control in grapes and tree fruits, and control of weeds and mosses in non-crop areas.
Management of undesired plant growth is critical in crop production as well as in non-cropland. Beloukha Herbicide and Beloukha Agricultural Herbicide provide additional options for weed, moss and sucker control, as harvest aids, and for herbicide resistance management in many crops and in non-cropland areas.
Before making a final registration decision on pelargonic acid and Beloukha Herbicide and Beloukha Agricultural Herbicide, Health Canada’s PMRA will consider any comments received from the public in response to this decision.
This consultation is open for comment from 4 December 2019 to 18 January 2020 (45 calendar days).