News Releases from 2009

New ProGibb® 40SG Plant Growth Regulator Registered for Sweet, Sour Cherries

New, easier-to-use formulation delivers improved crop quality, orchard fruitfulness

November 23, 2009

GUELPH, Ontario—Valent Canada announced ProGibb® 40SG Plant Growth Regulator is now reigstered for use in sweet and sour cherry crops.

ProGibb 40SG will help improve the market value of sweet and sour cherry crops through its proven, easier-to-use formulation. ProGibb 40 SG is a state-of-the-art formulation of gibberellic acid that has superior dissolution and dispersal properties compared to tablet formulations without needing to be mixed with VOC (volatile organic compounds) based solvents.

“Put simply, ProGibb 40 SG brings sweet and sour cherry growers improved crop quality and value from a product that is much easier to use than current gibberellin based formulations,” said Jim Hansen, product manager for Valent BioSciences Corporation. “With ProGibb 40 SG, growers can also better manage and extend their harvest schedule with less hassle and more flexibility.”

In sweet cherries, ProGibb 40 SG delays fruit ripening by as much as 4 to 5 days to help lengthen the harvest window. Additionally, ProGibb 40 SG is proven to increase fruit size, firmness and resistance to post‑harvest disorders—ultimately improving crop profitability.

ProGibb 40 SG is also labeled for use in sour cherries. The product maintains and extends sour cherry tree fruiting capacity by promoting spur formation and reducing the occurrence of blind nodes.

With the new registration, both sweet and sour cherry growers will be able to use ProGibb 40 SG in time for the 2010 growing season.

About Valent Canada
For more information about ProGibb 40 SG, Valent Canada Corporation or the full product line, call (519) 822-7043.

ProGibb 40 SG is one of the many quality products from Valent Canada, including plant growth regulators, herbicides and insecticides. Valent's product line includes leading brands such as BroadStar™ Herbicide, Chateau® Herbicide, DiPel® Insecticide, Distance® Insect Growth Regulator (IGR), Fascination® Plant Growth Regulator (PGR), Foray® Biological Insecticide, MaxCel® PGR, Payload™ Herbicide, Promalin® PGR, ReTain™ PGR, Sumagic™ PGR, SureGuard™ Herbicide, VectoBac® Biological Insecticide and Velocity™ Herbicide.