New cereal disease decision support tool launched


Written by Charlotte Cunningham

Syngenta has launched a new, online support tool to help growers with fungicide decisions in winter wheat and in winter and spring barley. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Available at, the interactive tool takes into account factors such as variety resistance, whether the main target disease is yellow rust or septoria in wheat – or net blotch, rhynchosporium or brown rust in barley – as well as whether disease is anticipated or already present. “This information is used to help users narrow down options among different types of fungicide active ingredient,” says Syngenta disease expert, David Ranner. “Usefully, with yellow rust a heightened concern for this year, the tool will help users to identify the optimum spray timing to apply the fungicide Elatus Era.” With the loss of chlorothalonil similarly a concern, the decision support tool also provides information on when to consider the alternative multi-site fungicide, folpet, adds David. “Other information included in the support tool includes the use of mildewicides and the targeting of ramularia in barley. With disease pressures prone to fluctuations, the tool will be updated as the season unfolds, so users should check it regularly.”
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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...