Deadline looms for return of HDC pesticide surveys

Growers of ornamental crops are being advised to get their pesticide surveys into the HDC or to the Pesticides Safety Directorate before 14 March to influence the choice of pesticide products available to them in the future.

HDC members received forms by email and in the February issue of HDC News. If any help is needed filling in the forms, growers should call Scott Raffle at the HDC office on 01732 848383. Hardy nursery stock growers may wish to use a list drawn up by Dove Associates, which gives a range of commonly used products. View www.dovebugs.co.uk/hdccharts.xls .

The HDC stresses that this list is only a guide and growers should consider whether they have additional requirements.

The Long Term Arrangements for Extension of Use, which have enabled ornamental growers and fruit propagators to use pesticides that did not necessarily include their own crop on the pesticide label, are no longer acceptable under EC rules and will be withdrawn.


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