Survey shows room for improvement in slug control

Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

A survey of UK arable growers carried out by Adama has highlighted a greater requirement for accuracy when applying slug pellets, with application timing one of the biggest improvements needed to tackle a burgeoning slug population. Charlotte Cunningham reports. The survey highlighted that 81% of growers perceive the threat posed by slugs has either remained static (65%) or increased (16%) over the last three years. The survey also showed that only 28% of growers are using traps to assess slug activity, with 20% potentially applying pellets ahead of the slug threshold being reached. “With our new ferric phosphate pellet, Gusto Iron, recently launched and another novel active ingredient in development, we were keen to identify how big the threat of slug damage is in arable crops and what growers look for when choosing a molluscicide,” explains Melanie Wardle, Adama’s molluscicide and fungicide product manager. “What we learned was that growers are anticipating another year of intense slug pressure predominantly because the wet weather in the second half of the spring coincided with the main breeding period resulting in the potential for an increased population this autumn. The survey also highlighted that whilst the majority of growers are using pellets correctly,…
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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...