Velum Prime gains EAMU for free-living nematodes in parsnips

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

Velum Prime the liquid nematicide containing fluopyram can now be used for the control of free-living nematodes on parsnip crops after AHDB Horticulture was granted an extension of authorisation for minor use in this crop. Charlotte Cunningham reports. The news will likely be welcomed by parsnip growers who have been contemplating how to protect crops since authorisation for oxamyl was withdrawn at the end of 2020. “The loss of oxamyl left parsnip growers without an effective nematicide, but with this extension of authorisation there is an additional means of control for FLN (Pratylenchus, Trichodorous, Paratrichodorous spp.),” says Joe Martin, AHDB Horticulture. “A positive of Velum Prime is the reduced operator exposure and greater flexibility in application.” “The situation was close to desperate. Since oxamyl was withdrawn last year we have been contacted by many growers asking us to make representations on their behalf. Applying for an EAMU for Velum Prime is one example of the work we have done on their behalf and we have been successful.” The EAMU was published by the Chemicals Regulation Division of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) on 16 Feb. A copy of the EAMU can be downloaded from the Pesticides Register on the…
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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) has issued new advice to help growers understand the importance of measuring pest populations before any decisions are made on insecticides. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Ahead of the trapping season, the PGRO has produced a new masterclass video to help growers understand how to trap and assess pest populations. The key advice is that using a range of preventative tools will be crucial for farmers looking to reduce cases of pea and bean weevil, pea moth, and silver Y moth this spring, while finding more sustainable ways of farming in line with new agricultural policy, according to the PGRO’s research and...
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