The section 18 emergency exemption for Hero® issued April 11, 2016 has been amended per EPA’s request to change the ending of the bee hazard statement under the “Other Requirements” section. This statement now reads,
“This product is highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment or residues on blooming crops or weeds. Do not apply this product or allow it to drift to blooming crops while bees are foraging.”
The amended section 18 label can be downloaded from the California Avocado Commission’s grower website. All other restrictions and use requirements remain as they were in the original section 18. This includes obtaining a permit from your County Agricultural Commissioner’s office prior to application. This emergency exemption continues to be valid until April 8, 2017.
The California Avocado Commission is working to schedule grower outreach and education seminars on the proper application and use of this new tool to combat PSHB. Growers will be notified of these meetings once final arrangements have been made.