Independent herbicide consultant Cathy Knott told growers at the Brassica Growers Conference, held on 19 January at Lincolnshire Showground, that the HDC has submitted applications to Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) for several SOLAs, including for:
- BUK 9900 A residual soil-acting herbicide for the control of annual weeds in transplanted cabbage
- Stomp Aqua A pendimethalin formulation to be applied in cabbage crops within seven days of transplanting
Knott added that there is more optimism about alternatives for brassicas than for other vegetable crops because there will be spin-offs from oilseed rape herbicides.
Trials carried out last year, for example, showed that the herbicide benfluralin controlled a range of common brassica weeds.
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