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Agribiz: EPA approves registration for Nimitz nematicide

The new non-fumigant nematicide Nimitz released by ADAMA has received federal registration from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Nimitz is a novel, non-fumigant nematicide with simplified application features and good user safety.

The active ingredient in Nimitz has a unique mode of action which categorizes the product within a new chemical classification.

The U.S. is the first country to receive a federal registration, with approved crop use on cucurbits, (including cucumbers, watermelons, cantaloupe and squash), and fruiting vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, okra, and eggplants).

ADAMA says Nimitz is highly effective in controlling plant parasitic nematodes. It also has a ‘caution’ signal word which has never existed until now for a chemical nematicide. No other nematicide in the U.S. currently has this same mode of action or classification.

ADAMA’s latest nematicide entry offers nematode control on high value crops. Nimitz eliminates stringent use requirements of fumigant nematicides including fumigant management plans, re-entry intervals, 24-hour field monitoring, and restrictive buffer zones.

Nematodes are among the most destructive and problematic pests for growers worldwide, causing yield loss of more than $100 billion annually. In the U.S., restricted-use pesticides, primarily fumigants, have been a traditional means for controlling nematodes.

Since 2007, more than 1,000 field trials and hundreds of regulatory studies have been conducted on Nimitz in 23 countries. 

Since Nimitz is a contact nematicide, not a fumigant, it frees growers from many complications, equipment requirements, liabilities, and dangers associated with fumigant nematicides without compromising control.

Nimitz application options include drip-injection, and broadcast or banding with mechanical incorporation.

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