Valent U.S.A., has received registration for Zeal Miticide in hops, cherries (sweet and tart) and melons in California.

Zeal offers long-lasting residual control of two-spotted spider mite, European red mite and Pacific spider mite in a single application. Zeal affects all life stages of mites — eggs, larvae and nymphs — on contact, and eggs laid by treated adults will not hatch.

Zeal is part of a unique chemical class (Sub-group 10B, IRAC MoA), which means more flexibility for growers and fewer worries about cross-resistance. Additionally, Zeal has translaminar movement, allowing the product to move through the leaf to control mites where they feed. Zeal also is soft on beneficial insects.

“Zeal's real advantage is its long residual mite control at low use rates. Growers with cherries and melons, including cantaloupe, muskmelon and watermelon, can expect excellent control at 2-3 ounces per acre,” said Carlos Granadino, Valent product development manager. “With Zeal's mode of action and class of chemistry, growers have another alternative to reduce the risk of generating resistance among mite populations.”

With these additional registrations, Zeal is now labeled for use in apples, cherries, cotton, grapes, melons, hops, tree nuts (including hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, and pistachios), pears, strawberries and non-bearing fruit trees. For more information about Zeal Miticide, Valent U.S.A. Corp., or Valent's full product line, call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368), or visit the Valent Web site at www.valent.com.