Arysta LifeScience has announced the state of Florida has granted commercial registration for Midas, a broad-spectrum soil fumigant that effectively controls a broad range of soil-borne diseases, nematodes, weed seeds and insects that threaten high-value crops such as ornamentals, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, tree fruit, nuts and vines, as well as turf.

Midas will now be widely available through traditional fumigant distributors.

Growers should contact an Arysta LifeScience sales representative for further information.

Florida joins 44 other states and the District of Columbia to approve Midas for commercial use.

Arysta LifeScience is pursuing registration for Midas in all 50 states and in various countries around the world.

“Since the phase out of methyl bromide, many Florida growers have been searching for a viable replacement,” said Marty Wiglesworth, Development Manager for Arysta LifeScience. “Many growers are finding that Midas is the right foundation for crop protection because it provides broad-spectrum control of target pests and diseases and uses conventional application techniques and equipment.”

Midas provides broad-spectrum crop protection which can reduce the overall chemical load and helps establish a strong healthy crop that delivers high yields. Midas is an ideal drop-in replacement for methyl bromide because it is applied with the same techniques and equipment.

Half of the growers who participated in the product’s Experimental Use Permit (EUP) saw, on average, a 19 percent yield increase compared to methyl bromide on side-by-side trials on commercial acreage. The remaining growers saw results similar to those achieved with methyl bromide.

In 2006, Midas was granted the EUP for up to 1,000 acres in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The EPA added test acreage in California in 2007. The company used these trials to evaluate efficacy, market yields and economic comparisons across several crops.

“Florida growers now have an alternative that offers the same control as methyl bromide, particularly with nutsedge, but offers higher yields,” said Shan Brooks, territory sales manager for Midas.

More information on the company is available at www.arystalifescience.com.