In anticipation of Monstanto BioAg’s decision regarding re-sourcing Met52, Canadian distributor Plant Products stocked their shelves.
Plant Products currently holds over 1000 units of the popular Met 52 EC (emulsifiable concentrate) product. This should be enough to bridge any gap in supply from Monstanto. Met 52 EC has a shelf life of up to 1 year if stored properly.
Met 52 EC is registered for use on strawberries, lettuce, cucumber, zucchini and fruiting vegetables (pepper, tomato, eggplant) in Canadian greenhouses.
Unfortunately, floriculture growers are still without a Metarhizium-based insecticide for now. Plant Products confirms that Met 52 Granular Insecticide – the only formulation registered on ornamentals – will NOT be available in 2016. We will update you on any potential availability in the future.
Meanwhile, stakeholders are working with the registrant to explore the possibility that Met52 EC could be registered for greenhouse ornamental use via the minor use program. However, as this previous blog post explains, even label expansions for currently registered products take time. However, biopesticides like Met52 are often expedited.