Tilt approved to fight ergot in sorghum AGRICULTURE Commissioner Susan Combs has announced that the Texas Department of Agriculture has been granted approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue a Section 18 specific exemption to use Tilt fungicide (propiconazole) to control sorghum ergot on grain sorghum.

The specific exemption allows the use of Tilt until Dec. 31, 2001. The specific exemption for Tilt, manufactured by Novartis, applies to all grain sorghum-producing counties in Texas. All applicable directions, restrictions and precautions on the EPA registered product label for Tilt fungicide, as well as restrictions within the EPA approval notice, must be followed.

Other restrictions include: - Applications should be made only by certified applicators, by licensed applicators, or by persons under the direct supervision of licensed applicators.

- Applicators must have a copy of the Section 18 exemption before making any applications.

- Tilt may be applied at the rate of four fluid ounces (0.113 pound of active ingredient) per acre in a minimum of 15 gallons of water per acre when ground application equipment is used or in a minimum of fivw gallons of water (10 gallons recommended) per acre when aerial application equipment is used.

- Tilt applications must not exceed 12 fluid ounces (0.3375 lb. a.i.) per acre per season to control both northern leaf blight and sorghum ergot.

- Tilt should not be applied within 21 days prior to harvest.

- Crops intended for food, grazing or any component of animal feed or bedding should not be planted within 105 days of Tilt application, unless the crop appears on the product label.

- Tilt may be used on a maximum of 270,000 acres of grain sorghum in Texas.

For more information, contact your county Texas Agricultural Extension Office, or TDA at 512-463-7407. A copy of the EPA Approval Notice is available on TDA's web page : [www.agr.state.tx.us/pesticide/exemptions/tilt01.htm].