Growers advised to check sugar beet for aphids

Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

Sugar beet growers are being urged to check crops for aphids after surveys show increasing numbers of peach-potato and green wingless aphids. The Rothamsted Insect Survey has recorded the first peach–potato aphid (Myzus persicae) catches of 2022 and BBRO has reported that green wingless aphids are increasingly being found in non-Cruiser (thiamethoxam) treated sugar beet crops. The BBRO is advising growers to check non-Cruiser treated crops as a priority and consider spraying if above the aphid threshold of one green wingless aphid per four plants up until the 12-leaf stage. Foliar options Current foliar spray options are Certis’ insecticide InSyst (acetamiprid) or flonicamid and one application of each is permitted per crop. Certis technical specialist Henry Welham recommends using InSyst first. “Its rapid knockdown prevents early virus build up which has the greatest impact on yield. InSyst has also shown good persistence in trials keeping aphid numbers very well controlled for two weeks following treatment.” The application window for InSyst is BBCH 12 (first pair of leaves unfolded) to 39 (crop cover complete) but if applied between BBCH 12 and 19 (nine or more leaves unfolded), as is likely this year, Henry notes the label restriction that acetamiprid must not…
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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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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...
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