EPA Approves KPHITE® RX Systemic Bactericide for HLB Control

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Florida-based Plant Food Systems announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of KPHITE® RX Systemic Bactericide for the control of HLB or citrus greening. The approval was granted based on research conducted by a panel of researchers demonstrating that the use of KPHITE® RX and Renew® RX reduces the effects of greening on citrus crops. Further field trials and grower experiences demonstrated the effectiveness of these products in citrus programs over the last several years across Florida.

While awaiting the various states to approve its use, a 2EE label allows for use on citrus for both foliar and soil applications, as indicated in Plant Food Systems’ 3-6-9 Program™.

Important facts, according to Plant Food Systems:
Full approval: The EPA’s Section 3 registration is a full approval (not temporary) for use throughout the United States.

Systemic: KPHITE® RX and Renew® RX are systemic, totally soluble and available to the tree. Plant Food Systems’ products require no additives to make them systemic like antibiotics require.

Exempt from Residue Tolerance: The use of KPHITE® RX alleviates any concerns on trees, fruit or in juice. There are no active ingredient limitations per crop, per year.

O Day PHI, 4 Hour REI: This simply means that KPHITE® RX can be applied up to and including the day of harvest with a 4-hour re-entry period and with zero days of restriction for harvest. This is in contrast to other materials with up to 40 days PHI.

Effective Foliar and Soil Applications: Both KPHITE® RX and Renew® RX can be applied at 2 to 4 quarts and 2 to 4 gallons, respectively, per acre foliarly multiple times throughout the growing season. (Note: We do not recommend the addition of any “antibiotic” materials with application.) KPHITE® RX can be soil-applied via micro-jet or herbicide boom at 1 to 2 gallons under the 3-6-9 Program™. With these applications, KPHITE® RX attacks the HLB bacteria in the tree and on the roots.

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