The guide is aimed at operators of land wheel-driven granule applicators who will be applying Bayer's insecticide/nematicide Mocap 10G prior to planting this year's potato crops.
Bayer's Dr Bill Lankford pointed out that the guide is primarily for first-time users. "We're seeing a trend of growers switching from in-furrow to overall treatment and choosing Mocap to give crops better protection against feeding damage by free-living nematodes and reducing the incidence of spraying."
He added: "Mocap is approved for overall application only and this method achieves better control without residue risk."
For safe and accurate application, machinery has to be set-up and calibrated specifically for the chosen granule type, application rate and method.
Although there are now applicators available with electronic rate control, there are still a significant number of Horstine Farmery land wheel-driven machines in use that have to be calibrated manually.
The guide is designed to take operators step by step through the process of calibrating machinery, specifically for the application and incorporation of Mocap 10G overall prior to planting of 2010 crops.
- The guide can be downloaded at www.bayercropscience.co.uk/potatoes