A comprehensive new 8-page guide to metaldehyde slug pellet stewardship has been launched by the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG).
Highlighting the issues associated with use of the active ingredient, and the related risks of it reaching watercourses; the booklet provides detailed slug pellet applicator settings according to the metaldehyde product selected.
The new literature also covers best practice advice and the MSG’s maximum dose rate measures that restrict the total dose of metaldehyde that may be applied – both annually (700g/ha) – and during the high risk period from 1 August to 31 December (210g/ha or 160g/ha on the advice of a BASIS adviser).
There are also tables that provide a practical guide to how the maximum levels in grams of active, translate to the total dose rates in the nearest kg/ha rate, which varies between products.
With support from industry organisations including The Voluntary Initiative and the AIC (Agricultural Industries Confederation), contributions are also made by independent machinery expert Bill Basford, and Rob Foxall of SCS Spreader & Sprayer Testing.
The new booklet replaces the previous MSG flyers and leaflets – but the dose rate and best practice guidelines produced in 2010 remain unchanged. Posters versions of the applicator settings chart are still available.
As a result of the mixed weather conditions, The Metaldehyde Stewardship Group is urging particular caution with the use of metaldehyde slug pellets. Booklets are available on request from the MSG (0845 1770117 / firstname.lastname@example.org). Or, click here to download a copy online.
The Metaldehyde Stewardship Group represents 100% of the UK market for metaldehyde slug pellets; with pellets containing metaldehyde comprising around 80% of slug pellets used in UK agriculture.