GreenMatch Burndown Herbicide from Marrone Organic Innovations, Davis, Calif., has been registered for use in California by the Department of Pesticide Regulation, and is now available in California for use in organic crops.

GreenMatch meets the requirements of the NOP Rule for use in organic agriculture, and is listed by OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) and WSDA. It has a full EPA registration for crop and non-crop application.

“Weed control is the single largest cost for organic farmers, and the main reason why many conventional farmers are unwilling to transition to organic practices” states Pam Marrone, CEO of Marrone Organic Innovations (MOI). “The availability of this effective, long-lasting burndown material will positively affect the economics and operational challenges they face.”

GreenMatch is a post emergence, non-selective organic herbicide that contains d-limonene (extract of citrus) as well as other plant extracts and surfactants. GreenMatch kills the weeds by stripping the wax off the leaves of the plants, causing weeds to rapidly shrivel and die, appearing “burned down.”

Organic growers have long relied on hand weeding, propane flaming, mowing and cultural methods to attack weeds. As such, weeds are the largest cost to organic farming and the primary reason why many conventional farmers don't transition fully to organic practices. “This enhanced formulation of GreenMatch provides superior weed control at a lower price point than other “naturals” in the market” said David Warman, MOI director of Sales at MOI.

GreenMatch is sold in 5-gallon pails, and has proven to be effective on a wide spectrum of broadleaf weeds and grasses, including spurge, sowthistle, shepherd's purse, clover, hairy fleabane, annual bluegrass, smooth crabgrass, dandelion, whitestem filaree and many others. It can be purchased through local agricultural suppliers, or contact Marrone Organic Innovations toll free at 1-877-664-4476.