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Request ID: 111
Request From: Steve Toth
Date Requested: Mar 25, 2005
Request: Note the following request for information on azinphos-methyl (Guthion). This is a grower survey from EPA (see attached Word file). This is a different kind of request for information. I'm not sure the best way to gather this information, or what EPA's and USDA's expectations are. Perhaps forward the survey to entomologists in your state and get them to send it to selected growers, or complete the forms on behalf of the growers. Note that I need your responses no later than Tuesday, April 12, 2005. Thanks. Steve Toth ---------------------------------------------- The attached Azinphos-Methyl questionnaire is from EPA requesting grower use information for certain crops. This information is vital in order for EPA/SRRD to justify the benefits of AZM for these crops and thereby retain the usage if possible, of AZM. Could you send this out to growers in your region to get more information about the usage on these crops? Please provide any information to by Tuesday, April 12, 2005 and I will send it on to the AZM Chemical Review Manager (Diane Isbell) at EPA. Thank you for all your help. These use sites are critical: parsley, and nursery stock. Info for these sites would be very helpful: Brussels sprouts, almonds, pistachios, and walnuts. (See attached file: AZM questionnaire.DOC) Philip Poli USDA/Office of Pest Management Policy Washington, DC 20250-0315 (202) 720-1991

Responder: Michael Weaver
State: VA
Date Requested: Mar 25, 2005
Not Important/Relevant to my state(s)
Response: We do not grow almonds, pistachios or walnuts (commercially). I am 99.99% sure we have no commercial brussel sprouts. These are certainly not a significant crop if they are grown. We have a few greenhouse operations and ornamental operations that either sell or grow herbs. AZM would not be used by these folks. Nursery stock is the only other use and we do not believe AZM is a significant nursery insecticide because of toxicity. The product has been shunned in the past by growers because of the toxicity risk.

Responder: Paul Guillebeau
State: GA
Date Requested: Mar 28, 2005
Response: Of the listed priorities, Georgia only produces nursery stock. However, we will forward the request to all of commodites that use azinphos-methyl. Given the short turn-around time, the anticipated response is small. I am concerned that EPA will accept this limited response as adequate public input to the process.

Responder: Henry Fadamiro
State: AL
Date Requested: Mar 29, 2005
Not Important/Relevant to my state(s)
Response: None of the requested crops are grown in Alabama

Responder: Charles Luper
State: OK
Date Requested: Apr 01, 2005
Response: Response I got from Nurseries in Oklahoma is that they have not used Azinphos-mehtyl for many years and that it was not a priorty to them.

Responder: Mark Mossler
State: FL
Date Requested: Apr 12, 2005
Not Important/Relevant to my state(s)
Response: Our main parsely grower has indicated that this is not used in production in FL. Likewise, inquiry and surveys of the nursery stock industry indicate that azinphos is not really used in that sector either.

Responder: Mark Mossler
State: PR
Date Requested: Apr 14, 2005
Response: I just received some answers from Puerto Rico and it appears that AZM is not used there.

Responder: Jack Bacheler
State: NC
Date Requested: Apr 14, 2005
Response: A few Guthion sprays on limited cotton acreage several years ago resulting from hitchhiking boll weevils undergoing 1-2 generations undetected. This is the only Guthion use on cotton in North Carolina. Jack Bacheler Department of Entomology North Carolina State University

Responder: Jim Robbins
State: AR
Date Requested: Apr 14, 2005
Response: I checked the label and it looks like the primary market is fruit and vegetables. There is a use on black vine weevil on nursery stock but that is not an issue in Arkansas. HUGE issue in the nursery industry on the west coast. If Craig Andersen and the new fruit person have no use, ok with me. Point: no use on nursery stock in Arkansas. May be used on fruit/vegetables. Jim Robbins Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service

Responder: Mark Mossler
State: FL
Date Requested: Apr 14, 2005
Response: I just received word back from our only identified commercial grower in the Lakeland area, and they have not used Guthion in their production. Mark Mossler University of Florida

Responder: Robert (Bob) Bellinger
State: SC
Date Requested: May 10, 2005
Not Important/Relevant to my state(s)

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