Bayer says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an expanded label for Luna fungicides permitting use on a larger group of fruit, nut, and vegetable crops.
The new labels expand the Luna registration to citrus, table and raisin grapes, berries, leafy vegetables, tomatoes, pome and stone fruit, and many fruits and vegetables.
The dual mode of action in each Luna fungicide works to prevent disease and protect against fungicide resistance. Luna is active on a broad range of plant diseases including powdery mildew, shot hole, scab, rot, leaf spot, anthracnose, summer diseases, and blight.
Once approved at the state level, these label expansions will cover California, the Pacific Northwest, and Florida. Specific registrations vary by state. Product labels should be consulted for detailed information.
Bayer says the three Luna formulations offer tailored solutions to growers’ key disease management challenges. The Luna fungicide portfolio includes Luna Sensation, Luna Experience, and Luna Tranquility.
Luna fungicides provide long-lasting, systemic and broad-spectrum disease protection for a wide variety of annual and perennial fruit, nut, and vegetable crops. Luna fungicides work systemically within the plant’s vascular system to deliver protection to buds, blooms, and other tissues, offering in-season disease control and long-term tree health.
Luna Sensation is registered for tree nuts, pome fruit, stone fruit, citrus, strawberries, carrots, leafy, brassica fruiting, and cucurbit vegetables. Luna Experience is registered for grapes, tree nuts, cucurbit vegetables, and hops.
Luna Tranquility is registered for potatoes, bulb crops, tomatoes, pome fruit, strawberries, and caneberries-bushberries.
According to Bayer, Luna has been tested extensively in field trials across the U.S. on numerous crops. The formulations have shown an impressive range of benefits from improved crop establishment to improved crop quality and increased yield.
The company says additional late-season benefits including enhanced storability of harvested produce, reduced post-harvest losses, and extended shelf life are well documented.
This latest label expansion will provide growers with more flexibility in disease protection in high-value crops.