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Growers feel strongly that we must keep neonicotinoid seed treatments – not least because losing them will make the situation worse. Read what they say: check out these quotations and testimonials, then express your views on Twitter using the #SaveOurSeedTreatments hashtag.

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What the grower’s views are:

John Haynes

John Haynes

“Seed treatments are the most effective, environmentally friendly way of controlling virus vectoring aphids. They help us avoid using broad spectrum insecticides, and they’re a resistance management tool as well.”

Sean Sparling

Sean Sparling

“Without neonicotinoids like Deter (clothianidin), we’ll be looking at two or three additional insecticide sprays: that’s more time being spent at a busy period in the year…”

David Cairns

David Cairns

“Deter (clothianidin) is used by a lot of our growers as a slug deterrent – we tend to drill earlier here, as we don’t have black-grass issues, but this means that slug pressures are quite high.”

Mark Glyde

Mark Glyde

“We use Deter (clothianidin) for several reasons. Obviously it deals with BYDV, but we also get Wessex flea beetle on winter wheat down here in Hampshire, and it stops that problem too.”

James Price

James Price

“The simple fact of the matter is that if neonicotinoids like Deter (clothianidin) get banned, we’ll just have to look to alternative products: pesticides like metaldehyde and insecticides like cypermethrin.”

Phil Burrows

Phil Burrows

“If Deter (clothianidin) goes, we’ll probably see a reduction in yield, and we’ll have to question whether to grow certain varieties and crops as well. That’s already started in oilseed rape, but we’d have to begin looking at wheat too.”

2017-08-22T13:33:01+00:00