- Author: Mark Bolda
We finally have a label for the insecticide Sequoia. It will be a good one to have in our roster of insecticides in strawberry, not only because it is pretty darn effective in controlling lygus, but also because it can be rotated in with the remaining usable materials we have and keep them effective that much longer.
It does come with the caveat of only being 12 months long, but there always is the possibility of renewal plus the regular Section 3 label is being worked on at the Federal level. Use directions for the Section 18 for Sequoia attached below as a pdf file.
The only way to get these labels in California is to have the efficacy from the field to prove that the insecticide actually does what it is supposed to do. This was a job led out of this office of UCCE, and it was a major commitment that stretched over something like 5 years. My colleagues and I get up well before daybreak to beat the wind and do the sprays, are out there week after week to collect the samples, and spend many hours at the microscope counting the lygus, beneficials and other bugs. This was a ton of work over many years and effort put in by some very committed people, in particular Shimat Joseph and Monise Sheehan of UC Cooperative Extension and Hillary Thomas at the time with the CSC, but at the end of the day the effort very much worth it because we got you your Sequioa label for lygus in strawberries.
I am very grateful to Dow Chemical, now Corteva Agrisciences, Jean-Mari Peltier who sheparded the application through the CDPR and all the growers who collaborated with us for the tremendous support they gave us over the years to get this label to you.
Growers, this is a Section 18, so as always you have to get it on your restricted use permit.
Questions about efficacy? Lots of studies on this site, type in lygus or sulfoxaflor in the search box and you'll see plenty of information on it.
You are welcome.