Bayer CropScience molluscicide product manager Peter Stacey said: "As the final sales date for methiocarb slug pellets looms, those wishing to use these will need to ensure they purchase stock by 18 September 2014 because that is the final sales date for all such products."
However, growers are entitled to purchase product this year and use it next year, providing they do so before the final use-up date of 19 September 2015, he said.
"This could be especially important for the potato and vegetable sectors where methiocarb provides the all-important backbone for slug management," said Stacey.
He added that current stocks should be "sufficient" for this year. "However, depending on slug numbers, which are currently very high, supplies might be tighter than expected, so it is important to purchase product as soon as possible, especially if you're contemplating buying for next season as well as this one."