Glyphosate has been reapproved in the EU until 2022 but there are important steps we need to take between now and then to ensure its continued availability and efficacy. Glyphosate stewardship has been introduced by the AHDB and WRAG to ensure the responsible and ethical use of the product through its entire life cycle, protecting human and environmental health.
The Weed Resistance Action Group (WRAG) has designed guidelines to minimise the risk of resistance. This stewardship focuses on;
- The Use of Alternatives
- Monitor Success
- Prevent Survivors
- Maximise Efficacy
There are no known cases of resistance in the UK, however worldwide there has been many cases of resistance reported. We must learn from their mistakes if we want to ensure the longevity of this product.
Along with resistance we must protect non-target organisms in water courses and hedge rows. Although glyphosate binds strongly to soil particles and organic matter when applied correctly, miss application is frequent due to small target size in stale seed bed preparations. Ensure;
- Dose Rate (matches the target)
- Water Volume (ensure adequate target coverage)
- Spray Quality (medium to course, through appropriate nozzles)
- Water Quality (adding the appropriate adjuvant to ensure efficacy)
- Safe Application (slow, low and covered)
This targeted management approach will play a pivotal role in the re-registration of the active in 2022. This invaluable molecule deserves your attention to detail.
For more information please contact the crop protection department on 01243 755610 or visit the AHDB.