Don’t delay comment today on the Petition To Revoke Tolerances and Cancel Registrations for Certain Organophosphate Uses by EPA. Comments must be submitted by Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022.
Georgia peanut farmers are dependent on two of these chemistries (Phorate and Acephate) to fight thrips in peanuts. Managing thrips are extremely important as they vector the Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). This virus can cause significant yield and quality loss in peanuts and is considered one of our most important pests on peanuts. TSWV is managed through cultural practices, plant resistance, and insecticides. However, TSWV cannot be managed by any one of these practices alone. The use of phorate is extremely important because it not only controls the thrips populations, it also reduces the incidence and severity of TSWV.
At this time, there are no viable alternatives for managing thrips and suppressing TSWV at the level that phorate provides. This would be a terrible time to lose phorate as TSWV has increased significantly the last few years.
Please comment or submit a support letter to stop the current petition to revoke all food use tolerances for the remaining Organophosphates.