EPA Proposes Ban on Aerial Applications of Antibiotics to Fight Fire Blight

EPA Proposes Ban on Aerial Applications of Antibiotics to Fight Fire Blight

In her latest update, Dr. Kari Peter, Assistant Professor in Tree Fruit Pathology at Penn State University, says the EPA has proposed prohibiting aerial applications of streptomycin and oxytetracycline, which is included in an interim decision for the two antibiotics.

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Peter says aerial applications may be a necessary tool for growers fighting fire blight, especially if conditions are too wet for ground equipment or an area needs to be covered quickly.

She’s encouraging growers to submit comments to the EPA on the importance of aerial applications on the label for streptomycin and oxytetracycline.

Comments will be accepted until May 17 at 11:59 p.m. EST.