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Imprellis Hitting the news in Indy!

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by RABBITMAN11, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. justanotherhomeowner

    justanotherhomeowner LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 11

    My yard was sprayed in late March and we had a significant amount of rain on and off afterwards. I first started to notice the damage on or around May 17th on one spruce. It was only the top one third of just one tree which can be seen in the link below:


    Around May 22nd we started a long period of very warm and dry days that continued until recently. The rest of the trees started to decline during this dry period. A week after the dry period started I began to heavily irrigate my lawn when needed in hopes of slowing the damage. My neighbor on the other hand has not irrigated at all. Both properties have had damage to spruce trees.

    I am just a homeowner and am not a specialist in any way so take the following with a grain of salt. The initial difference I can see on both properties is that on the irrigated property (my property) any new growth (much more new growth in general) has curled but most of the older parts of the branches are still green and have managed to survive. This can be seen in the picture below:


    On the non irrigated property there is less new growth in general on the tree but the branches that did show new growth started to curl and have completely died with no hope of regrowth.

    On my irrigated trees I noticed new buds forming on the portion of the trees that turned brown. Only time will tell if these new buds will survive. Again please take this last part with a grain of salt. There could be other differences causing this discrepancy between the two properties such as application rate of Imprelis.

    The rest of the album can be seen here:

  2. justanotherhomeowner

    justanotherhomeowner LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 11

    On my property I have trees that are mulched and not mulched. I also have trees that are on large berms while the rest are on flat ground. Almost all the trees on my property have some sort of damage. These trees range in size from 20 year old spruces all the way to seedlings planted last season.

    I have noticed that faster growing varieties such as Norway Spruce look worse than slower growing varieties such as Blue Spruce. This may be because almost all of the damage I am seeing is of new growth curling up and dyeing.
  3. phillie

    phillie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 861

    I heard through the grapevine that dupont will be releasing a statement later this week. I got a form from my distributor to email to the dupont sales rep that has blanks for the trees effected date applied and what other chemicals were put down.
  4. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    my trees are on grassy berms
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    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,453

    Okay so here is the deal...Talked to rep yesterday, he told me that they would only deal with the LCO about tree damage. So lets say I have 100 properties that get damage. How much time am I going to have to spend in order to document and talk to homeowners, not to mention gas driving to and from properties. So who is going to pay me for lost time and expenses for handling this problem and(lost business). I'm really starting to get a bad feeling regarding the situation. The other thing is they won't deal with the homeowner but they want us to give advice to homeowners. No direction on doing this or what we should tell homeowners to expect...etc etc. I know its early to give definite info but, give us something positive to go on....So is it time to get our insurance involved, to protect our businesses?
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    really, cuz i am gonna require my rep to give a formal statement when i meet with him. i want something FROM dupont on this to take to this large hoa i have damage on. there is not any way in hell i am gonna take the rap for this one. i did nothing wrong.

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    I know every one has a different story from there rep.

    But i was told by my agrium rep that i bought Imperils from and that i would receive a email packet from dupont but who knows. They keep saying later this week.

    Boy this is real mess.

    Charles Cue
  8. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,345

    Has anyone spoken to their states dept of ag? Or the states office that approves product for your state. If the state researches and pulls the approval I bet dupont would step up a bit quicker if the state is putting preasure on them.
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  9. garydale

    garydale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    I turned the problem over to my lialility ins. They are visiting my biggest property that has damages first. Let the insurers fight it out.

    Decided to notify only accounts with damages as to not alarm everybody.

    It is only natural that Dupont is going to use any and every excuse to pass the fault on to the applicator. We are already hearing the attack stragedy with dripline, tank mixes, drift, rain, no rain, mixing errors, drought etc.

    Make sure your records are up to date guys.

    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,453

    On the news Last night and this morning channel 13 indianapolis.

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