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US: APHIS won’t use methyl bromide in PCN eradication program

USDA will not use methyl bromide this spring in its pale cyst nematode eradication program in East Idaho and growers affected by the quarantine are now questioning the viability of the program. Methyl bromide is used to fumigate fields infested with PCN and is a major component of the eradication program, which was put in place after the nematode was first detected in an East Idaho field in 2006. It looks like the eradication program in its current form will not be able to continue, Andrew Mickelsen, whose farm is impacted by the quarantine regulations, told members of the Idaho Potato Commission June 17 during its regular meeting. More