Blackbirds can swarm onto a rice field and destroy it causing a farmer to have to replant or abandon the field Photo by Johnny Saichuk LSU AgCenter

Blackbirds can swarm onto a rice field and destroy it, causing a farmer to have to replant or abandon the field. (Photo by Johnny Saichuk, LSU AgCenter)

Rice bird repellent AV-1011 granted conditional registration

AV-1011 Bird Repellent for rice seed has been granted a “conditional” registration by the Environmental Protection Agency until Jan. 5, 2018.

A conditional registration under section 3(c)(7) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) allows for the product to be used while the manufacturer, Arkion Life Sciences, completes a final data requirement. Once this requirement is fulfilled, a permanent label could be issued by the EPA.

AV-1011 has shown to be effective at preventing bird depredation of rice seed. Rice seed treated with AV-1011 is approved for use in drill, water, and broadcast systems.

The use-rate for AV-1011 is 18.3 fluid ounces per 100 pounds of seed. With that rate structure, cost of the product on a per acre basis depends on seeding rate (the higher the seeding rate, the higher the cost).

The approved label, material safety data sheet, and suggested grower retail pricing can be found here:

Situations where this product could have the greatest benefit for rice growers include:

• Very early or very late planted rice fields.

• Isolated rice fields.

• Rice fields that are water-seeded.

• Rice fields that are broadcast-seeded.

Field re-entry periods and other restrictions apply to the use of this product. Always read and follow label directions.

Please contact your local seed dealer for more information about having your seed treated with this product.

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