The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has registered Nimitz nematicide for use on tomatoes, peppers, okra, eggplant, cucumbers, watermelons, cantaloupe and squash.
Nimitz from Raleigh, N.C.-based Adama is a contact nematicide that is not a fumigant, so it doesn't require buffers or fumigant management plans like fumigants do, according to a news release.
The signal word on the label is "caution," which requires that applicators only wear a long-sleeve shirt and appropriate gloves. They do not have to undergo applicator certification.
Of the seven main nematicides used during the past five years on high-value crops, six are soil fumigants—including methyl bromide—and the seventh is a carbamate.
All seven are restricted-use pesticides.
Since Nimitz only controls nematicide, it needs to be part of an integrated soilborne pest management program that includes disease and weed control.
Application can be through drip injection, and broadcast or banding with mechanical incorporation. It is distributed through the soil and into contact with nematodes through irrigation or rainfall.
The active ingredient in Nimitz is fluensulfone.
Other states that have registered the nematicide include Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. State registrations are expected for California, Arizona and other vegetable producing states before the end of 2014, according to the release.