Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has issued a crisis declaration for the use of Belay insecticide (clothianidin, Valent) to control the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), which is the vector of HLB in the state’s citrus groves. The declaration went into effect on April 8.
Currently, neonicotinoid labels allow adequate frequency and rates to protect citrus trees less than three years old from the ACP. But, for trees that are three to five years old and five to nine feet tall there is a critical gap in the ability to control the ACP. The crisis exemption allows the application of Belay during this three to five years old timeframe.