I hate to sound like an old '60s song, but where has all the Captan gone? Bonide, Southern Ag, Hi-Yield…they seem to have discontinued thier product. I’m not finding any of the 50wp in bags either. The availability of the 80 WDG appears to be limited also.
Note: We don’t have a large orchard; just over 30 trees: apple, peach, cherry, pear, and plum, in mid-Missouri. The brown rot on one of the eight peach trees is decimating the fruit, and I’m barely holding it at bay on the others… I sprayed them three times during the winter with copper and used Immunox Sprectracide (even though haven’t found it to be much good for brown rot) and my last remaining Captan until I ran out since bloom. I’d like to replenish, but as stated, I’m not having much luck.
Welcome to this site Nuclear Cowboy. I have had the same issue trying to find Captan. I used Bonide’s fruit tree spray but they switched it over to neem oil in the fruit tree spray combination instead of Captan. It does not work the same, IMO.
Thanks for the info jaypeedee.
A quick Amazon search shows Southern Ag captan available. The price seemed to be quite high however, compared to what I remember.
Welcome to the forum.
Ag chemicals are outrageously overpriced on Amazon. Martin’s is usually the cheapest. Keystone Pest Solutions is $10 higher on Captan 80w but they have stuff that Martin’s doesn’t have sometimes.
I will check them out. Thank you.
Thanks!! This looks promising.
I often find that Amazon has better prices than anywhere I can find, but as in anything else, you need to know what the prices should be or do a ton of research before buying.
Domyown.com pest control is a good site to do research and are usually pretty competitive on prices. It is one of the easiest sites to find active ingredients and alternatives that have the same actives.
They list several Captan products, but most are out of stock.
I second DoMyOwn.com. I’ve used them before for some other products, they had reasonable prices, clear labeling with accurate information on the site, and the shipping and handling was professional.
You might be able to get better prices at a local hardware store or ag supply company (NOT a big box store–I’m referring to the dusty places run by 80 year old dudes in creaky brick buildings or the sheet metal commercial buildings with small, non descript signage where the guy at the front desk eyes you suspiciously when you purchase in pounds and gallons instead of in tons and tanks. Bonus points if there’s a metal fence around the property to keep the wild animals and wild humans out). But, well, those kinds of places are getting harder to find as everything either moves online or to the big boxes.
I agree with you a_Vivaldi. I find a lot of older items that are " out of stock" or " no longer available" in those smaller hardware stores. I also agree they are harder and harder to find. I drive to small towns and look for their local hardware store. I found two bottles of fruit tree spray in those small hardware stores. Thank goodness.
Absolutely. And sometimes inflation takes a bit longer to reach those older, slow moving small businesses. You can find all sorts of stuff you can’t easily get elsewhere, and sometimes for cheap.
It’s pretty fascinating just how much crazy stuff is still just laying around in old attics, warehouses, sheds, etc.
The best example of this sort of stuff I’ve seen was when a fellow, as a bit of a science project, got ahold of a bunch of different toxic chemicals, the vast majority of which have been banned for decades, from his parent’s old farm shed.
He had: DDT and benzene hexachloride mixed together, dieldrin pentachlorophenol, chlordane, lead arsenate, malathion, parathion, memeton-S-methyl, and some safer and still legal ones like carbonyl and bordeaux powder.