Prepare for changes to potato seed treatments


Written by Charlotte Cunningham

Potato growers are being urged to prepare now for changes in the potato seed treatment line-up this spring, according to the latest advice from Certis. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Last autumn, Bayer announced it was pulling sales of its powder treatment Monceren (pencycuron) that was widely used for Rhizoctonia control, citing “uncertainty over its regulatory future” as the key reason. According to crop protection firm, Certis, this will likely force a big change in application practice, as it was the only powder treatment still allowed to be hand sprinkled on seed tubers, either in the planter hopper, potato boxes or chitting trays. Statistics show about 30% of powder seed treatment was still manually applied in 2019 and going forward, these growers will have to reconsider how they treat seed, says independent potato specialist Andy Alexander. One alternative is to order seed for ware crops pre-treated with a liquid treatment of either RhiNo (flutolanil) or Maxim (fludioxonil) or treat the seed on arrival, says Andy. “Only RhiNo can be used on seed for seed crops. It’a going to be a completely different ballgame for some growers and my preference is to switch to a liquid treatment, either applied by the seed supplier…
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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...