Growers now have access to further new weed and pest control products, following testing within AHDB’s crop protection research programme, SCEPTREplus.
Herbicide trials undertaken in 2017 aimed to help provide new solutions for growers following the loss of linuron. Carrot growers will now have access to ‘Gamit 36 CS’ following an Extension of Minor Use (EAMU) approval for the control of various weeds in outdoor carrot, and permits the use of clomazone post-emergence.
The EAMU for ‘Wing-P’ will provide growers of courgette, summer squash, winter squash and pumpkin with good control of broad leaved weeds and annual meadow grass.
Control options for Western Flower Thrips were also examined in the first year of the programme. ‘Azatin’ used in combination with N. cucumeris showed significant reductions in mean percentage flower area damaged, compared with the N. cucumeris and water control and therefore shows good potential to form part of an IPM programme. An on-label approval has now been secured by Certis.
These approvals follow on from two further weed control EAMU’s secured from successful trials in the project’s first year; Dual Gold on sweetcorn and Centurion Max on herbs.
Spencer Collins, AHDB Crop Protection Scientific Officer, said, “We have been working closely with both CRD and the manufacturing companies to ensure that only near-market products are trialled within SCEPTREplus. As a result, we have been able to help turn successful results within trials into products that growers can access and use as quickly as possible.”