Monday, 31 March 2014

Red spider mites in ornamental nurseries

With temperatures rising and day lengths extending, two-spotted spider mites (Panonchyus ulmi) in ornamental nurseries are reported to be coming out of diapause early and will need knocking back with an appropriate chemical before introducing Phytoseiulus as part of an Integrated Pest Management approach. The contact-acting acaricide Borneo has an Extension of Authorisation for Minor Uses (EAMU) for use in protected ornamental plant production to add to its label recommendations in protected tomatoes and aubergines and its EAMU in protected strawberries.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Squire Ultra- Docks are ready to grow

Docks have continued growing throughout the winter and are now ready to grow rapidly as soon as the weather warms up. They could start growing earlier than usual, but nevertheless need to be controlled in order to maintain silage quality, grassland yield and palatability. Docks are generally unpalatable to animals so the more docks you have, the less palatable your stock will find your pasture.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Centurion MAX adds significantly to black-grass control programmes in sugar beet

Sugar beet is very sensitive to weed competition early on and a planned approach to weed removal is the best and the most common approach. More recently black-grass has become more of an issue in sugar beet, generally due to the difficulties of effective control in other parts of the arable crop rotation.

Timing advice for SmartGrass

Enhancing the growth rate of grassland in the spring so that stock turnout or cutting for silage can be brought forward would be a key objective for many grassland farmers. SmartGrass, a patented formulation of gibberellic acid, has been proven to enhance the growth rate of grass in the early spring, but its spray window is fast approaching and it is important to apply it at the right time in order to get the maximum benefit.