End of sales date nears for Escolta

Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

Sugar beet growers are being reminded that they only have until 30 November 2021 to purchase Escolta for the 2022 season – with a use-up period of 12 months following the end of sales date. Charlotte Cunningham reports. The deadline follows the Chemical Regulation Directorate’s announcement in 2020 that the end of November 2021 would be the last date for sales of cyproconazole-containing products. Cyproconazole, which along with trifloxystrobin, form Bayer’s broad-spectrum sugar beet fungicide, Escolta. It is also available with penthiopyrad for use in oats and with azoxystrobin for use in certain cereals, oilseed rape and beet crops. The news will likely be met with disappointment by growers given the role of cyproconazole in protecting sugar beet crops against rust and powdery mildew, says Bayer. “Escolta remains the best performing fungicide available for protecting crops against the dominant disease threats, powdery mildew and rust, as well as providing strong control of Cercospora leaf spot,” said Lizzie Carr-Archer, root crop product manager for Bayer. “Growers have until 30th November 2022 to use up or dispose of all stocks of Escolta and other products containing cyproconazole so should calculate their requirements carefully to avoid being left with unused stock to be…
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Five nature-recovery projects spanning 100,000ha launched

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...