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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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...