The Environmental Protection Agency has set Aug. 15 as the deadline for grain producers to request a reasonable phase-out period for the use of Reldan as a stored grain seed protectant.

Reldan which is widely used by the grain industry to protect stored grain from weevils, beetles, moths and other insect pests, is one of the few effective options available to reduce stored grain losses.

An estimated l0% of all grain stored in the U.S. is destroyed by insects each year, accounting for billions of dollars of losses. As the EPA moves forward with its decision to withdraw Reldan from the market, losses of stored wheat, corn and other grain crops are expected to soar even higher.

While the EPA's decision to withdraw Reldan from the market is final, the agency will consider comments from grain producers and industry representatives before it determines the length of the phase-out period. Gustafson, LLC, the manufacturer of Reldan, has asked grain producers and the stored grain industry for support in requesting a reasonable phase-out period for Reldan that will give researchers time to identify an effective alternative.

The EPA has set Aug. 15 as the deadline for input from growers and industry representatives. A person can e-mail comments to the EPA, at opp-docket@epa.gov. Be sure to refer to EPA Docket OPP-34202B, in the message.

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