Wireworm issues on the rise, warns Syngenta

Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

Wireworm is set to become more of a problem for potato growers, according to warnings from Syngenta. Speaking at this season’s Syngenta Potato Science Soil Pest webinar, Syngenta technical manager, Michael Tait pointed out any current monitoring through pheromone trapping, to lure click beetles – the adult stage of wireworm – principally only identifies the three common species Agriotes sputator; A. obscurus and A. lineatus. “Limited research has occurred in recent years to identify any new species of wireworm that may become more prevalent with changing climatic conditions and agronomic practices. “The loss of neonicotinoid seed treatments undoubtedly had a big effect on wireworm through the arable rotation. The expansion of growing some green cover crops could also encourage wireworm problems,” he warned. “It’s certainly something to watch out for in the future.” Alternative treatments Michael highlighted that while ethoprop (Mocap) was historically considered the standard treatment for wireworm, principally on cost, since it was no longer available growers would need to seek alternatives. He cited trials results with the nematicide Nemathorin at the wireworm-approved rate of 15 kg/ha showed it typically offered a 50-70% reduction in levels of wireworm damage to tubers, which was equivalent to results with ethoprop.…
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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...