Butte Herbicide (Butte) will be available for use on 50,000 acres in 2017. Gowan is administering mandatory stewardship certification for growers, applicators and pest control advisers. Butte is an early season herbicide with a 20-day water holding requirement.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S EPA) and the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) went through the concurrent scientific evaluation process to simultaneously register Butte in California. All the hard work and coordination almost resulted in Butte not registered in time for use this year.
Pesticide registration actions are new regulation, and require additional oversight under the Trump administration. The mandate to help industry by reviewing all new regulations was actually a detriment in this case. Fortunately, we have a great team working on behalf of California rice in Washington, DC, and we were successful in making our case with the U.S. EPA and the White House.
Our relationships with Gowan, the U.S. EPA and DPR proved to be invaluable in the registration of Butte. We would not have had Butte available this year if the relationships did not exist.