Vital metaldehyde stewardship steps
With metaldehyde product re-registrations still ongoing, operators are urged to follow the enhanced stewardship guidelines introduced last season.
Alison Hall, spokesperson for the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG), explains the industry has been making a strong case to the authorities as to how stewardship is delivering environmental benefits.
“This means it’s more important than ever that operators, agronomists, farmers and contractors advise upon and use the molluscicide responsibly this season,” she adds.
Four step stewardship
1: No pellets should be allowed to fall within a minimum of 10m of any field boundary or watercourse.
“The increased buffer – now 10m of all field boundaries helps protect birds and small mammals, and provides additional protection to water,” adds Alison.
2: Metaldehyde slug pellets must only be used as part of a wider Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programme
This will help minimise slug infestations and reduce the need for treatment. “Factors such as soil and stubble management, planting methods, weather, trapping and monitoring should all be considered as part of slug control programmes.
3: Think ‘Soil, Slope and Stream’.
Consider the field’s soil type, topography and proximity to a watercourse. These are all key to understanding whether metaldehyde applications could impact drinking water quality.
4: Think ‘B.I.R.D’ before applying.
This stands for
I’m legal (qualifications)
Records (record applications)
Dose (check maximum).