Farmers have a low dose solution to help secure the industry’s long term access to Metaldehyde slug treatment. Results over many years have shown that 4kg/ha of 1.5% Metaldehyde provides equal slug control to industry standard guidelines of 7Kg/ha of 3% Metaldehyde. This means that farmers can opt for a more sustainable solution to their slug management.
The use of a lower dose rate equivalent to 60g/ha active ingredient rather than the guideline 210g/ha would be a major step forward in the industry demonstrating its commitment to meeting drinking water safety standards without reducing effective slug control.
“A proportion of the industry has adapted this approach,” comments Philip Tavener of Chiltern Farm Chemicals, “but if other farmers, particularly in sensitive catchments, use the lower dose alongside good agricultural practice, we can take a huge step towards meeting the requirements”
The industry is in a vulnerable position following the recent announcement by the Drinking Water Inspectorate that the deadline for water companies to demonstrate that measures are being taken by the industry to stop Metaldehyde reaching water courses has been brought forward to March 2017.
“The Get Pelletwise campaign has made huge strides in promoting good agricultural practice,” continues Mr Tavener, “however if we have the option of using a low dose solution, why not use it to ensure we as an industry can meet the requirements placed upon us. The alternatives if we fail are difficult to predict but will inevitably be more onorous in both time and expense.”
The low dose wet or dry 1.5% Metaldehyde pellet was introduced to the UK market in 2011 and has since established itself as an effective and lower environmental impact solution for controlling slugs. The manufacturing process, which finely mills the active ingredient, provides greater efficacy because the process increases the surface area of the active therefore less is required to provide effective treatment.
The low dose 1.5% Metaldehyde wet or dry can be obtained directly through agricultural distributors. Further information is available at www.chilternfarm.com.