Editor's Note: Procidic2 is reviewed in the most recent Gardens & Greenhouses.
As the Cannabis industry continues to respond to changing regulations regarding pesticide use for Cannabis, Procidic2®, a FIFRA 25b product, is now the first-ever state-registered organic pesticide labeled specifically for Cannabis crops. A fungicide and bactericide, Procidic2® works on contact, and is rapidly absorbed into the plant, moving through the apex, allowing new tissues to be free of infection and reducing the risk of future bacterial and fungal growth. The product is registered with WSDA for Organic Agricultural Use.
Procidic2®, with Cannabis listed on its label, meets states’ stringent requirements for Cannabis application. Procidic2® is now labeled and cleared for use on Cannabis in 23 states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, New York, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington State, as well as the District of Columbia. Florida is in final process to clear for State approval.
“Cultivators are grappling with the issue of protecting their plants while still remaining compliant with the industry’s fluctuating regulatory landscape,” said John Chandler, Vice President of Cultivation Technologies, urban-gro, Procidic2’s exclusive distributor. “Procidic2® is the first Cannabis-labeled and legally approved pesticide product to protect growers’ harvests and fight against common fungi, specifically Powdery Mildew. urban-gro has been working to get this product approved since the beginning and we are pleased to be the sole U.S. distributor of this product nationwide.”
The combination of organic acids comprised in Procidic2® are ingredients classified as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe), which reduces the risk for pesticide applicators, and because the product has no REI (restricted entry interval), it allows growers to spray the product and still work in the same vicinity. When used properly and integrated into a regimented pest management plan, Procidic2® is a FIFRA 25b exempt organic broad-spectrum bactericide and fungicide compound formulated to protect crops during all stages of growth.
Following Procidic2® label instructions allows the producer to work with beneficials (organisms such as wasps, nematodes and bacteria) that feed on, or parasitize, pests of crops, an emerging pest control solution for the Cannabis industry today. urban-gro recommends spraying the crop from the vegetative to the budding stage to ensure the pesticide has fully traveled through the inside of the plant.