Slug populations must be monitored

Monitoring populations in both edible and ornamental crops is essential this season, say Certis' technical officer, Alan Horgan, after slug populations were forecast to be reminiscent of 2012.

Horgan said: "Growers must take a pro-active approach."

He said after the revocation of methiocarb, Sluxx and Ferramol Max (containing ferric phosphate) offer growers alternatives to controlling the number one pest.

He advises that growers with crops planted in rows employ slug pellets before the canopy meets across the row with a protective layer of control at 50-75 per cent cover ensure treatment continues until after canopy closure.


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