Pushing performance – Control the controllable



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Download PDF A lot of thought and attention goes into picking the best fungicide products and rates to do the job, yet efficacy is highly dependent on good delivery to the target. CPM discovers how an adjuvant can help achieve this. The leaf cuticle is the most challenging barrier for the penetration of pesticides. By Lucy de la Pasture “When you master the things under your control, the uncontrollable eventually becomes irrelevant.” Those may be the words of an American motivational speaker, but they also ring very true when it comes to considering disease control. Many factors that can influence fungicide efficacy are relatively uncontrollable – the weather, the mutations that evolve during the season, the fungicide chemistry available and breakdowns in varietal disease resistance to name a few. SDHIs and azoles have acropetal movement, so will only move from where they land on the leaf towards the leaf tip, explains David Felce. At a time when the sensitivity of septoria pathogens to the two main fungicide groups continues to shift, getting the best performance out of products has never been more important and is largely under grower and advisor control, says Agrii regional technical advisor and Cambridgeshire grower David Felce. Agrii…
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Could a ‘Meat Tax’ be on the cards in the UK?

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The latest machination coming from the so-called ‘opinion formers’, who seem to have the ear of government advisors in London, is the introduction of a ‘Meat Tax’ at consumer level.

This approach, it is argued, would have the combined impact of reducing meat consumption levels (I can really see the health benefits coming through now), while also helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of production agriculture.

What absolute drivel! In my opinion, none of this makes sense at any level. This is a scurrilous and unfounded attack on livestock farming in this part of the world.

Yet, it has to be taken seriously. I make this point because economists at Rothamsted Research have already crunched the numbers where the introduction of a ‘UK...