In-furrow application convert


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Grower explains how he fared last season and why he’s glad he made the switch.

GROWER Sam Daw is advocating the use of in-furrow nematicide application after trying it out during 220ha of planting last year.


The withdrawal of Vydate (oxamyl) for control of potato cyst nematode (PCN) in January last year prompted Sam to trial a liquid nematicide instead of the powdered formula he’d previously favoured.


Sam, of WB Daw and Son, who manages the 1600ha family farm, based between Rugeley and Tamworth, moved over to Velum Prime (fluopyram) to help him suppress root damage from free-living nematode (FLN) and reduce symptoms of tobacco rattle virus (TRV) on the 200-250ha of potatoes he farms annually in Staffordshire. 


He says he finds it easier to use than powdered or granular nematicides as it can be applied at lower dosage rates when applied in-furrow or by broadcast spray.

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Sam consulted Tom Neat, Managing Director at Techneat Engineering, who he has known for several years, and from whom he’d purchased four applicators within the past 10 years.


*For more details on this and other application updates, see the May issue of Potato Review. You can subscribe here.


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