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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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...