Bidrin, an insecticide used to control plant bugs and stink bugs in cotton, will be available for the 2004 crop season and for the foreseeable future, officials with AMVAC, the product's manufacturer said.

Bidrin has been undergoing re-evaluation as part of EPA's re-registration process for all pesticide tolerances under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. That review is continuing, according to the officials.

“The process is on-going and no changes in labeling have been mandated by EPA for the 2004 season,” said Billy M. Hines, AMVAC's commercial product manager for Bidrin. “Bidrin may be used in 2004 just as it has for the past several years.”

Hines and Paul D. Vaculin, technical product manager for Bidrin, said the re-registration process for Bidrin is moving toward completion.

“EPA has determined that Bidrin is eligible for re-registration and, therefore, will continue to be available for use in the future,” they said in a letter to growers. “Possible restrictions on the use of Bidrin may be in force for the 2005 use season, but these have not been finalized.

“AMVAC will communicate any changes in labeling once they are finalized and the new label is issued.”

For 2004, key application points on the current label include:

  • Bidrin may be applied aerially in 2004.
  • Bidrin may be applied at rates up to 0.5 pound of active ingredient (or 8 ounces of product) per acre.
  • Bidrin may be applied a maximum of three times in one season.

“Bidrin continues to be an extremely efficacious and economical insecticide for the control of plant bug and all species of stink bug,” said Vaculin.