Sunday, 20 October 2013

SUMIMAX - Redefining autumn weed control in winter wheat

Some broad-leaved weeds are becoming more of a problem with the recurrent use of the same chemistry leading to weed resistance. SumiMax offers a different mode of action with a very wide broad-leaved weed spectrum, without compromising annual meadow-grass control. It can also be useful when stacking residuals against black-grass.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Don’t forget BYDV control, especially if no seed treatment has been used.

Warmer conditions will increase aphid numbers and so increase Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) risk in cereals. This together with early drilling and the recent reported surge in the numbers of bird-cherry aphid in insect traps will mean that growers will need to plan their aphid control carefully this autumn.  If no seed treatment has been used, an effective foliar applied pyrethroid spray will be needed, says Stewart Woodhead, newly appointed Technical Manager for Interfarm.

Integrated control of slugs with Cobra

Controlling slugs needs more forethought as growers now need to adhere to the strict Stewardship guidelines for the application of metaldehyde-based slug pellets in order to avoid risk of water contamination. With significant dose rate restrictions for this type of product being advised as part of this Stewardship - just 210 gms as/ha between the 1st August and the 1st December - integrating alternative active ingredients, such as methiocarb, into the slug control programme is the obvious way forward.