Tuber treatments – Rethinking tuber treatment?


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A few weeks ago Bayer voluntarily withdrew their stalwart potato seed treatment, Monceren. For growers who’ve relied on the treatment for many years it means a change of strategy. CPM looks at the considerations. All of the alternatives to Monceren have their merits. By Rob Jones For more than a decade, growers have relied on Monceren DS (pencycuron) to control black scurf and reduce the incidence of stem canker, two diseases caused by Rhizoctonia solani that have the potential to reduce yields and quality. Recent proposals to alter the maximum residue limit published by the European Commission have led product manufacturer Bayer to withdraw Monceren from the market, meaning many growers will have to find another means of protecting crops. So why has Bayer taken this unprecedented step? Bayer’s Edward Hagues explains that the EU proposal was to reduce the MRL for pencycuron to just one-tenth of the existing level. Monceren seed treatment has been voluntarily withdrawn due to the implications of a possible change to its MRL. “The outlook is far from clear, but if the proposal is adopted it would mean all seed would have to be treated before April 2020 and all harvested potatoes sold by…
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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...