POME FRUIT CROP GROUP 11-10

General Information

RESTRICTIONS

- Do not apply this product in a way that will contact workers or other persons, either directly or through drift. Only protected handlers are allowed in the area during application. For any requirements specific to your State or Tribe, consult the agency responsible for pesticide regulation.

- Sale, use and distribution of this product in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York is prohibited.

- In New York State, do not exceed a total of 0.188 lb ai of thiamethoxam-containing products per acre per growing season.

USE INFORMATION

Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide is an aqueous-based soluble concentrate that will control specified pests on the crops listed on the label when the product is applied according to the Crop Use Directions. Thorough coverage of foliage is essential for good mite and insect control.

NOTE:

- Adjuvant Requirement: To avoid illegal crop residues, Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide must always be mixed with a non-phytotoxic, non-ionic activator type wetting, spreading and/or penetrating spray adjuvant or horticultural oil (not a dormant oil) as specified in the Directions for Use for each crop on the label. Non-ionic activator type wetting, spreading and/or penetrating spray adjuvants include non-ionic surfactants (NIS) with at least 75% surface active agent and crop oil concentrates (COC), vegetable oil concentrates (VOC), methylated seed/vegetable oils (MSO) and organosilicones (OS) with at least 15% emulsifiers/surfactants and include blends of these non-ionic activator type spray adjuvants. Spray adjuvants must be compatible with Agri-Flex and must be used at concentrations specified on the spray adjuvant product label directions for use for the targeted crop unless more specific directions are provided in the Directions for Use for individual crops on the label. Do not use binder or sticker type adjuvants because these type adjuvants may reduce translaminar movement of the active ingredient into the plant. SYNGENTA recommends the use of a Chemical Producers and Distributors Association-certified spray adjuvant.

- Phytotoxicity and Tank Mix Compatibility: Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide has been tested for phytotoxicity and has a wide margin of safety on a variety of crops. Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide has also been tested and shown to have broad physical, biological and non-phytotoxic compatibility with many commonly used pesticides, spray adjuvants, and nutritional products. However, since it is not possible to test all potential mixtures, it is recommended that the user contact the supplier of all desired tank mix products for advice and/or pre-test, prior to commercial application, any previously unproven proposed mixtures with Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide. Conduct a jar test for physical compatibility of all components of the proposed mixture using proper concentrations of each mixture component. Pre-test the proposed mixture on a small area of the target crop under environmental and application conditions similar to the intended commercial application to ensure physical, biological, and non-phytotoxic compatibility. Agricultural products formulated with binder or sticker type components may reduce performance of Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide.

- Adjuvant Phytotoxicity Precaution: Since Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide must always be mixed with a spray adjuvant as instructed in the directions above and spray adjuvants alone are known to cause phytotoxicity to certain crops under certain environmental conditions, do not use Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide on a spray adjuvant sensitive crop unless the spray adjuvant supplier can confirm a known non-phytotoxic labeled use rate for the intended spray adjuvant on the target crop.

- Chemigation: Do not apply this product through any type of irrigation system.

Resistance Management

Some insect and mite pests are known to develop resistance to products after repeated use. Because resistance development cannot be predicted, the use of this product should conform to sound resistance management strategies established for the crop and use area. Syngenta encourages responsible product stewardship to ensure effective long-term control of the insects on the label.

If resistance to this product develops in your area, this product, or other products with a similar mode of action, may not provide adequate control. If poor performance cannot be attributed to improper application or extreme weather conditions, a resistant strain of insect or mite may be present. If you experience difficulty with control and resistance is a reasonable cause, immediately consult your local company representative or agricultural advisor for the best alternative method of control for your area.

Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide contains a Group 6 Insecticide (abamectin, belonging to the mectin class of chemistry) and a Group 4A insecticide (thiamethoxam, belonging to the neonicotinoid class of chemistry). Insect or mite biotypes with acquired or inherent resistance to Group 6 or Group 4A insecticides may eventually dominate the population if Group 6 or Group 4A insecticides are used repeatedly as the predominant method of control for targeted species. This may result in partial or total loss of control of those species by Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide or other Group 6 or Group 4A insecticides.

In order to maintain susceptibility to these classes of chemistry:

- Avoid using Group 6 and/or Group 4A insecticides exclusively for season-long control of insect species with more than one generation per crop season.

- For insect species with successive or overlapping generations, apply Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide or other Group 6 and/or Group 4A insecticides using a “treatment window” approach. A treatment window is a period of time as defined by the stage of crop development and/or the biology of the pests of concern. Within the treatment window, depending on the length of residual activity, there may either be single or consecutive applications (seed treatment, soil, foliar, unless otherwise stated) of the Group 6 and/or Group 4A insecticides. Do not exceed the maximum Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide allowed per year. Following a treatment window of Group 6 or Group 4A insecticides, rotate to a treatment window of effective products with a different mode of action before using additional applications of Group 6 or Group 4A insecticides.

- A treatment window rotation, along with other IPM practices for the crop and use area, is considered an effective use strategy for preventing or delaying an insect or mite pest’s ability to develop resistance to these classes of chemistry.

- If resistance is suspected, do not reapply Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide or other Group 6 or Group 4A insecticides.

Other Resistance Management (IRM) practices include but are not limited to:

- Incorporating IPM techniques into your insect or mite control program.

- Avoiding treatment of successive generations of a target pest with Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide.

- Monitoring treated insect populations for loss of field efficacy.

- Using tank-mixtures or premixes with insecticides or miticides from a different target site of action group, as long as the involved products are all registered for the same crop outlet and effective rates are applied.

- Using labeled rates at the specified spray intervals.

- Using non-chemical alternatives such as beneficial arthropods.

- Using various cultural practices.

For additional information on Resistance Management:

- Contact your local extension specialist, certified crop advisor and/or product manufacturer for additional insect resistance management recommendations.

- Visit the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) on the web at: http://www.irac-online.org.

CROP USE DIRECTIONS

Pollinator Precautions

- Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide is highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment or residues on blooming crops/plants or weeds.

a. For apples, do not apply Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide after pre-bloom (early pink growth stage) or before post-bloom (petal fall growth stage).

b. For citrus, do not apply Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide during pre-bloom or during bloom when bees are actively foraging.

c. For pears, do not apply Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide after pre-bloom (green cluster stage) or before post-bloom (petal fall growth stage).

- Do not apply Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide or allow it to drift to blooming crops/plants or weeds if bees are foraging in or adjacent to the treatment area. This is especially critical if there are adjacent orchards that are blooming. (Refer to Spray Drift Precautions for additional information.)

- After an Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide application, wait at least 5 days before placing beehives in the treated field.

- If bees are foraging in the ground cover and it contains any blooming plants or weeds, always remove flowers before making an Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide application. This can be accomplished by mowing, disking, mulching, flailing, or applying a labeled herbicide.

- Consult with your local cooperative extension service or state agency responsible for regulating pesticide use for additional pollinator safety practices.

Limitations, Restrictions, and Exceptions

POME FRUIT CROP GROUP 11-10

Apply Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide using conventional dilute or concentrate ground application sprayers calibrated to deliver sufficient water for thorough coverage. Adjust gallons of spray per acre based on size and number of trees per acre and density of foliage. In any case, thorough coverage is essential for good spider mite and insect control.

Instructions

- To avoid illegal residues, Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide must be mixed with a spray adjuvant. Horticultural spray oil (not a dormant oil) is recommended. Do not use binder or sticker type adjuvants. (See Use Information section found at the beginning of this Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide label and Use Restrictions below.)

- Apply Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide when spider mite or insect thresholds are reached.

- Make a second application, if needed, to maintain control. (See Use Restrictions below.)

- Spider Mites: For best results, apply before a threshold of 5 spider mites per leaf is reached.

- Residual spider mite control with the combination of Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide with horticultural spray oil (not a dormant oil) is greater from spray deposits on newer leaves compared to older.

- For best results, apply Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide for spider mite control in the tree development period extending from petal fall through 6 weeks following petal fall.

- Leafminers: For best results, apply against egg (to control new hatch) and early sap feeder stages of first and secondgeneration tentiform leafminers when locally established thresholds have been reached. Do not apply during bloom.

- Leafhoppers: Apply soon after petal fall.

- Comstock Mealybug: Apply immediately following petal fall to control first generation crawlers.

- Plum Curculio: Apply immediately following petal fall.

Apply higher rates within the specified rate range for heavy infestations. Additional applications of a different insecticide may be necessary if pest pressure continues.

Dilute Spray: The rate of Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide per 100 gallons is based on a volume of 400 gal/A dilute spray.
Concentrate Spray: To determine the amount of product per acre for concentrate sprays, fi rst determine the amount that would be required in a full cover dilute spray. Use the same amount of product/A in concentrate sprays as would be required for the dilute sprays to the same orchard/grove. This can result in use of less than 5.5 fl oz/A on small trees.

Use Restrictions – Pome Fruit Crop Group 11-10

- Adjuvant Requirement: To avoid illegal residues, Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide must be mixed with a spray adjuvant as instructed in the Use Information section found at the beginning of this Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide label. The spray adjuvant must be approved for use on the intended targeted crop in the Pome Fruit Crop Group. Carefully follow the Directions for Use and Precautions on the spray adjuvant label as well as the precautions in official local spray guides.

- When used alone or when other products are applied sequentially, the combination of Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide with horticultural spray oil can injure the fruit of certain apple varieties (e.g., russetting on light-skinned varieties such as Golden Delicious).
- Applying the combination of Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide and horticultural spray oil fewer than 14 days before or after applying Captan- or other sulfur-containing products can result in phytotoxicity and crop loss.
- Application Method: Ground application only. Do not apply with aircraft.
- Amount of Water: Do not apply in less than 40 gallons of water/A.
- Maximum Amount per Application: Do not apply more than 8.5 fl oz/A of Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide per acre per application (0.018 lb ai of abamectin and 0.084 lb ai of thiamethoxam). In addition, if a concurrent foliar application of another product is made, do not exceed a total of 0.023 lb ai/A of any foliar-applied abamectincontaining products per acre per application.
- Application Interval: If a second application is necessary, wait at least 21 days before repeating application of Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide or any foliar-applied product containing abamectin. Wait at least 10 days before repeating application of any other foliar-applied product containing thiamethoxam.
- Number of Applications: Do not make more than 2 applications of Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide or any foliar applied abamectin-containing product per year.

- Maximum Amount per Year: Do not apply more than 17.0 fl oz/A of Agri-Flex Miticide/Insecticide per acre per year (0.037 lb ai of abamectin and 0.169 lb ai of thiamethoxam). In addition, do not exceed a total of 0.047 lb ai/A of any foliar-applied abamectin-containing products or more than 0.258 lb ai/A of any foliar-applied thiamethoxam-containing products per acre per year. In New York State, do not exceed 0.172 lb ai/A of any foliar-applied thiamethoxam-containing products per acre per year on pome fruit.
- Grazing: Do not allow livestock to graze in treated orchards.

Recommended Rate

When Using Horticultural Spray Oil (not a dormant oil)

For Dilute Sprays: 0.25% or 1 gal/A

For Concentrate Sprays: Minimum of 1 gal/A

Pre-Harvest Interval

35 days

Restricted Entry Interval

12 hours

Exception: For grape girdling, cane turning, and tying in grapes, do not enter or allow worker entry into treated areas during the restricted-entry interval (REI) of 4-days.