Andy Richardson of Allium & Brassica Agronomy, speaking at the brassica conference held last week by Elsoms Seeds in Spalding, Lincolnshire, said that despite some products being taken off the shelves and the imminent arrival of new pesticide legislation, several new products had been made available to growers last year, with more expected over the next two years.
He said: "We have got more new things than we have had for quite some time. There are some really good news stories on things like herbicides."
Richardson told growers that among the products expected to be approved for brassica crops in the next couple of years are a new, residual herbicide, BUK9900, which contains pendimethalin and an "undisclosed active" and a pre-planting herbicide containing another new "undisclosed active".
He explained that growers had gained specific off-label approvals (SOLAs) last year for several herbicides, including capsule suspension formulations of pendimethalin, Springbok, Aramo and Dual Gold.
They also gained a SOLA for the fungicide Signum and Bayer's new insecticide Movento was approved for use on most brassicas for the control of aphids and whitefly.
Richardson also listed some of the products taken off the shelves last year or are going to be removed this year. For example, growers have lost the herbicide propachlor and the insecticide Biscaya. In August, they will lose the fungicides chlorothalonil (Bravo 500, for example) and Folio Gold.