The Metaldehyde Stewardship Group has launched an enhanced campaign for 2017 to ensure maximum protection of the environment, and in particular birds, small mammals, and water.
Fans of innovative technology should visit the De Sangosse stand at Cereals. Not only will visitors be able to learn more about the benefits research and technology has brought to crop production, but also see a genuine Formula 1 car up close.
De Sangosse, a European leader in spray enhancers, molluscicides and crop nutrition based near Cambridge, has appointed Rhodri Morris as a commercial manager for spray enhancers and nutrition.
De Sangosse, a European leader in the molluscicides, micro-nutrients and spray enhancers based near Newmarket, has appointed Jon Williams as technical manager.
You’ll get an impressive return with Pod-Stik. In trials, Pod-Stik gave a 25.5% reduction in beans and 21% reduction in peas found on the ground (after combining). This saved seed resulted in an average 8% increase in yield in peas and beans. Typically for peas we have seen a 0.4t/ha yield saving and 0.6t/ha in beans.
The spring months of April and May typically represent the peak in the slug breeding cycle and with regular showers during this time and since, molluscs have enjoyed excellent conditions.
Growers could capture up to 0.5t/ha by applying Pod-Stik to oilseed rape crops to protect against pod-shatter losses at harvest, research has found.
The mild and wet winter will have done nothing to reduce slug numbers and with April and May the principal breeding months, conservation charity BugLife has predicted that populations are set to surge.
De Sangosse, the European leader in slug pellets, has developed the dummy pellet in response to the need to test all applicators this year.
Wet weather has encouraged slugs to the surface in search of food prompting growers to plan strategies for control.
De Sangosse, the European leader in slug control products, has received regulatory approval for a ferric phosphate-based molluscicide.
The increased area of pulses in the UK has raised the prospect of greater pod-shatter losses, but this could be greatly reduced through the use of a suitable pod-sealant, such as Pod-Stik.
Independent trials over successive years have indicated that crops receiving a pod-sealant yield up to 0.5t/ha more than untreated crops.
Potato growers pondering their slug control options this season following the withdrawal of methiocarb should not be disheartened, says a respected independent agronomist.
Potato growers fearful that slug control may be compromised following the loss of methiocarb baits should switch to metaldehyde pellets of a similar quality, says an industry expert.
Independent trials in spring barley over successive seasons have found that Radiate-treated crops yielded between 0.2 and 0.8 t/ha more than untreated crops.
Growers seeking to reduce frit fly damage in winter wheat are being advised to include a suitable adjuvant to improve insecticide efficacy levels and reduce the chances of needing to re-drill crops.
Pellet choice is an important factor in determining the effectiveness of any control programme and research has shown that the better quality pellets made with high-grade durum wheat flour are more appetising to slugs and therefore more likely to deliver desirable results.
Trials performed by the Processors & Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) found that applying Pod-Stik delivered a “consistent increase in yields compared with untreated crops”.
With harvest underway across England growers are being urged to inspect stubbles for slugs ahead of what is expected to be a challenging time for autumn establishment.
If growers want to achieve desirable levels of control they should consider the addition of Designer to all ear wash applications, says De Sangosse Commercial Director, Kim Christo.
Growers should prepare for a high slug burden this autumn after the recent run of warm and wet weather led to growers reporting a flurry of slug activity in standing crops.
Despite an application rate of just one-sixth of DAP or MAP, Primary-P delivers comparable performance.
Potato growers used to using methiocarb are being urged to switch to a similar quality metaldehyde pellet to ensure similarly effective control of slugs.
De Sangosse has acquired a one-third stake in the plant nutrition business Mantissa Corporation of New Zealand for an undisclosed sum.
Growers are urged not to cut corners when protecting crops against the threat of slugs this autumn.
With cereal harvest starting late across the country it is likely that pea and bean crops will be similarly delayed and with crops looking in good shape growers are being advised to apply a pod sealant such as Pod-Stik to protect against losses due to pod shatter.
Applying a pod sealer to oilseed rape crops could significantly reduce the impact of pod shatter, according to advisers.
Claydon's recent open days have proved a massive success, with over 300 people attending 6 days in Suffolk
An application of pellets at this time of year would not normally be advised as crops would be well advanced and it would be difficult to ensure the pellet reached the ground, but with many crops in a backward state and slug activity widely reported, an early treatment could relieve the pressure later.
With many soils still wet to a reasonable depth the arrival of warmer temperatures is likely to result in yet another year of ideal breeding conditions for slugs.
Farmers Guardian has produced a logo quiz featuring some of the best-known brands in the industry, including several from De Sangosse.
Poor seedbeds and depleted soil nutrient levels mean spring crops face a tough time getting established, but chances can be improved with Radiate, a root promoting seed treatment
Think this may call for TDS
When it comes to slug pellets we take any challenge to our claim to be the manufacturer of the ‘best’ pellet in the market highly seriously. Why? Because we’ve tested them, all of them, and can say with confidence that our pellets perform better on a number of important attributes than those of the competition.
This season more than any other in recent memory has demonstrated the importance of a well devised slug control strategy, but for a number of reasons growers were not able to achieve the level of control they desired.
Attention to detail in all its guises were the attributes that led farm manager Andrew Robinson to win the 2012 NABIM Milling Wheat Challenge.
With average temperatures recently falling close to the 5oC mark that is accepted to be the lowest most slug species can operate the focus should now be on how to keep on top of populations once temperatures rise in the spring.
De Sangosse Commercial Director Kim Christo recently featured in an article in the September issue of Crop Protection Magazine that considered the merits of applying fertiliser to the seedbed at the time of drilling.
De Sangosse five top tips for effective slug control
- Clear stubbles of volunteers where possible with a suitable herbicide
- Start with a good, well consolidated seedbed
- Apply to the soil surface after rolling
- Use a quality pasta-based pellet such as TDS for up to three weeks protection
- Ensure accurate and consistent application techniques
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Increased slug numbers means growers should consider thier control options carefully if effective control is to be achieved
From the off Andrew Robinson is pushing his crops to perform, and he is willing to invest where necessary to give them the chance to deliver
Pea and bean growers are being advised to consider protecting crops against the risk of split pods in the build-up to harvest as the continued wet weather looks set delay the start to combining.
Applying a pod sealer to oilseed rape crops at harvest can improve enterprise output by up to 0.5 tonnes a hectare, according to independent trials.
Farmers and growers are being advised to prepare for an increased slug threat later this summer after the wettest April on record...