All nematicides require careful handling. Our role, as members of the Nematicide Stewardship Programme, is to ensure a best practice approach across all aspects of their use, from delivery on farm through to operator handling, machinery set up and maintenance, to application and storage.
As a cross industry group, bringing together Certis, Du Pont and Syngenta, we welcome support from the AIC, FPSA, NFU, PPA, AHDB Potatoes and Richard Austin Agriculture, as well as many independent food groups.
We have developed a newly–approved Red Tractor best practice protocol, plus a series of workshops through ARTIS that will be held across the country, to encourage an increase in stewardship knowledge and to ensure products are applied accurately and safely.
Alongside ARTIS, we have recently launched the first module of our online e-learning tool, click here to sign up.
NSP and You
Our main objectives are to ensure that nematicides are used correctly following the industry application protocol.
The adoption of correct stewardship protects
- The consumer
- The operator
- The environment
The protocol gives clear stewardship guidance for the decision to use a nematicide and its subsequent application. Emphasis is placed on operator training, the ability to check and calibrate the applicator, safe handling, the need to manage row ends, minimising wildlife exposure to the product, and subsequent inspection following application.