Loss of linuron herbicide leaves carrot and parsnip growers with no direct alternative

The Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) has confirmed the final sale and distribution date for the herbicide linuron as 3 June 2017, with the deadline for the disposal, storage and use of existing stocks set at 3 June 2018.

Ian Holmes, research and development chair at the British Carrot Growers Association (BCGA), said: "The loss of linuron in carrot and parsnip crops cannot be understated.

"As there are currently no direct alternatives, its removal is a blow to growers both in terms of efficacy and the relative cost of the alternative strategies we will need to look to employ."

AHDB crop protection senior scientist Joe Martin said: "One of the biggest challenges growers face is overcoming their reliance on chemical herbicides as the number of products available continues to decline.

"We have recently announced the launch of SCEPTRE+ which will consider weed control as a central part of its programme."

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