Alternative options essential after Vydate emergency authorisations rejected



Written by Charlotte Cunningham

All four Emergency Authorisations submitted by AHDB for Vydate 10G have been rejected by HSE, meaning it’s essential for growers to swiftly assess alternative methods of soil pest control this spring. Charlotte Cunningham reports. This follows the decision not to re-authorise Vydate for sale, distribution and use in the UK beyond 31 Dec 2020 and means that growers of potatoes, carrots, parsnips, onions, garlic and shallots can no longer use it. Manufacturer Corteva Agriscience has advised that all full, part full and empty Vydate 10G Ecolite containers should be returned to suppliers by 15 Apr, to allow sufficient time to meet the 30 Apr deadline for removal of Vydate 10G from the market. Vydate has been the industry standard for PCN control in short-season potato crops and for suppression of free-living nematodes in potatoes, carrots and parsnips. Its loss will affect around 20% of the GB potato area according to Scottish Agronomy’s Eric Anderson. He says that growers will need to assess alternatives swiftly and he advises weighing up product performance, the capital cost of application equipment and use period, together with the practicality of application. “In elevated PCN situations, Nemathorin 10G applied overall will give the most consistent result…
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Get ready for pest monitoring, advises PGRO

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) has issued new advice to help growers understand the importance of measuring pest populations before any decisions are made on insecticides. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Ahead of the trapping season, the PGRO has produced a new masterclass video to help growers understand how to trap and assess pest populations. The key advice is that using a range of preventative tools will be crucial for farmers looking to reduce cases of pea and bean weevil, pea moth, and silver Y moth this spring, while finding more sustainable ways of farming in line with new agricultural policy, according to the PGRO’s research and...