Herbicide loss will spell 'disaster'

Losing the residual herbicide pendimethalin "would be an unmitigated disaster for growers", according to vegetable consultant Cathy Knott.

"If this herbicide does go after its annex review in 2016 so could UK carrot, parsnip, onion and pea crops because they would be almost impossible to grow without pendimethalin products."

Though mainly used to control grasses in cereal crops, pendimethalin-based products have more than 60 extensions of authorisation for minor uses, many allowing its use on vegetable crops.

BASF speciality crop manager Rob Storer added: "Although there are some new herbicides for speciality crops under development, none have the same weed spectrum or crop safety."


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