2007 News Releases

Chateau® Herbicide Now Registered for California Bearing Stone Fruit, Pome Fruit and Strawberries

February 12, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (February 12, 2007)–Valent U.S.A. Corporation announces that Chateau® Herbicide is registered for use on a growing list of crops in California including bearing stone fruit, pome fruit and strawberries.

Growers now can use Chateau for long-lasting control of tough weeds in bearing stone fruit and pome fruit orchards, strawberries, grapes, almonds, pistachios, mint, potatoes, cotton and fallow beds and other non-bearing fruit and nut trees.

Chateau offers outstanding residual control on a broad spectrum of tough weeds and keeps orchards clean for months without volatilization or leaching concerns. Chateau provides unsurpassed preemergence control of marestail, fleabane, kochia, Russian thistle, pigweeds and many additional weeds and annual grasses that are increasing problems for growers.

"In apple, cherry and peach orchard trials across the country, Chateau's preemergence residual control is excellent, stopping even the toughest weeds before they start," said Kelli Woodwick, Chateau brand manager. "And unlike other herbicides, Chateau is farm-friendly – it does not leach or volatilize."

Chateau contains the active ingredient flumioxazin, a PPO inhibitor that binds to the soil and has low water solubility. Chateau is unique to other herbicides in that it stays where it is put and will not leach or "lift off" by co-distillation or volatilization to harm crops in adjacent fields.

Chateau's long residual control is apparent from commercial use in non-bearing orchards and research trials for bearing stone fruit and pome fruit.

"We see excellent residual control from Chateau," said John Pawlak, Valent product development manager. "When we apply 12 ounces per acre in permanent crops, we are getting four to six months of preemergence control of most troublesome small seeded grasses and broadleaf weeds, including marestail and fleabane."

Woodwick is very excited about the expansion of Chateau's registration for bearing stone fruit and pome fruit.

"Growers have been asking for this registration since first seeing Chateau in action in non-bearing orchards," Woodwick said. "Now orchardists can enjoy Chateau's long-lasting broad spectrum weed control."

Stone and pome fruit growers who apply Chateau after pruning and post-harvest activities are completed see long-lasting clean orchards. Chateau may be used for preemergence weed control up until fruit set. As with all herbicides, applicators should be sure to prevent spray drift.

Chateau is registered for the following application timings in strawberries:  pre-transplant and in hooded or shielded applications to row middles.

Chateau is part of a growing line of quality products from Valent U.S.A. Corporation including plant growth regulators, herbicides, a fungicide, insecticides, a nematicide and a miticide. Valent's product line includes leading brands such as Danitol® Insecticide, DiPel® Insecticide, DiTera® Nematicide, Esteem® Insect Growth Regulator (IGR), Knack® IGR, MaxCel® Plant Growth Regulator (PGR), Orthene® Insecticide, Prestige® PGR, ProGibb® PGR, Promalin® PGR, ProVide® PGR, ReTain® PGR, Select Max® Herbicide with Inside Technology™, Venom® Insecticide, XenTari® Biological Insecticide and Zeal® Miticide.

For more information about Chateau Herbicide, Valent U.S.A. Corporation or Valent's full product line, call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368), or visit the Valent Web site at www.valent.com.