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Becker Underwood's aquatic vegetation control product, Admiral, has received EPA registration for packaging in Water Soluble Packets (WSPs). Admiral controls the growth of algae and other aquatic vegetation, and adds color to bodies of water. For more information visit

Merit 2, Merit 75 WSP and Merit 75 WP are now available for sod farm use. Supplemental labels for this use can be found on the Bayer Web site,, or obtained by calling the Bayer Customer Care Center at (800) 842-8020. (Not available in Alaska, California, New York or Puerto Rico.)

Griffin L.L.C. announced registration for TranXit herbicide for use on several varieties of warm-season turf. TranXit removes overseeded turf during the spring transition period. It contains the active ingredient rimsulfuron that has both pre-emergence and post-emergence activity. For more information, visit or call 800-237-1854.

PBI/Gordon has received EPA registration for three new herbicides containing the active ingredient carfentrazone-ethyl for use on turf. This is the first turf registration for the compound carfentrazone-ethyl. The new combination products will be called SpeedZone, SpeedZone St. Augustine Formula and PowerZone and will be marketed under Gordon's new ProForm brand. All three new products contain carfentrazone-ethyl in combination with phenoxies and dicamba. Adding phenoxy actives and dicamba broadens the weed control spectrum and adds systemic activity to the contact activity of carfentrazone-ethyl for multiple modes of action. Carfentrazone products have two notable properties: treated broadleaf weeds are quick to show symptoms, and activity actually increases in cooler weather.

All in your head?

A study by German researchers suggests what critics of ailments such as multiple chemical sensitivity have long contended: that many, if not most, such problems have psychological origins.

Dr. Hermann Ebel, director of the Hospital for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy/Psychosomatic Medicine in Ludwigsburg, Germany, looked at patients who blamed their symptoms on environmental pollutants. According to Ebel, 60 percent of the study subjects had mental disorders.

Acknowledging the psychological basis of such ailments is critical for effective treatment, which may require antidepressants or other psychoactive drugs. It also supports the claims of manufacturers of numerous products, including pesticides, who feel their products have been unfairly blamed for these mysterious “environmental illnesses.”

Ol' man winter

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts this winter may resemble last winter, with periods of below-normal cold and large temperature swings.

“We don't expect a repeat of the record-breaking cold temperatures of November-December of last year, but this winter should be cooler than the warm winters of the late 1990s,” said Scott Gudes, NOAA's acting administrator. “Citizens should prepare for the full range of winter weather.”

LESCO plans major distribution expansion

LESCO announced it is expanding the geographic reach of its product line by forming an Independent Marketer program to allow its proprietary products to be sold via non-traditional locations. With this new initiative, LESCO plans to establish independent marketing arrangements for its agronomic and equipment product lines throughout the United States in over 500 geographic markets. Independent Marketers will have access to all of the company's proprietary products, enabling them to serve all segments of the professional turf care market.

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