Bean crops under disease pressure, warns PGRO

Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

Growers are being warned that downy mildew is highly prevalent in bean crops this season, with the disease even hitting winter bean plants at levels that would warrant treatment, according to the PGRO. According to the PGRO, infection has been triggered by recent weather events – exacerbated by cool, overcast conditions and recent rains. High humidity and low seasonal temperatures could now encourage outbreaks of secondary infection on leaves, with more serious yield effects. “Although it is generally spring beans that suffer more damage from downy mildew, winter beans have been displaying high levels of infection that may warrant treatment,” says Becky Howard, R&D manager at the PGRO. “Where plants are already showing signs of infection, growers should be looking to prevent spread onto new growth.” An EAMU is available for the fungicide SL567A, containing the highly systemic metalaxyl-M to control infection in emerging leaves. Threat to peas The research organisation also warns that downy mildew is creating a threat to establishing pea crops. For vining pea crops Revus (mandipropamid) is approved for control of the disease, however no foliar fungicides are available for use in the combing pea crop. Syngenta technical manager, Andy Cunningham, says that continued cool, wet…
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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...