AgronomyCrop InputsSyngenta to Release Limited Amount of Matador in Western Canada

Syngenta to Release Limited Amount of Matador in Western Canada


Syngenta Canada has decided it will release limited amounts of Matador 120EC and Voliam Xpress insecticides in Western Canada for the 2023 growing season, an April 21 news release said. The insecticides will be marketed with a focus on horticulture and pulse crops. They will also be available in Eastern Canada with a focus on horticulture crops.

The release noted this distribution decision is in response to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) re-evaluation of lambda-cyhalothrin, the active ingredient in Matador 120EC and Voliam Xpress. As of April 29, 2023, crops treated with lambda-cyhalothrin can’t be fed to or grazed by livestock in Canada, including any harvested grain, seed screenings, hay/forage/silage, by-products, or aftermath. 

“We want to ensure we are supporting as many growers as possible during the upcoming growing season in protecting their crops from forecasted pest pressure while being compliant with the label’s feed restrictions,” Duane Johnson, head of sales for Syngenta Canada, said in the release. “Based on available market statistics and discussions with industry associations, the majority of horticulture and pulse crops are used for human consumption.”

The release noted growers need to remember screenings of pulse crops treated with lambda-cyhalothrin can’t be used as livestock feed.

Growers should review the current label restrictions and are encouraged to consult with commodity associations prior to using lambda-cyhalothrin-based products, the release said. current labels for Matador 120EC insecticide and Voliam Xpress insecticide can be found on the Syngenta website

“We understand how important this technology is to growers,” Anna Shulkin, head of crop protection regulatory and stewardship for Syngenta Canada, said in the release. “Our September 2021 submission requesting reinstatement of as many of the livestock grain feed uses as possible is still under review by PMRA. We will continue to support this submission until completed.”

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