21 June 2002

Turning clock back a false economy

THERE was scant enthusiasm at Cereals 2002 for the idea that using older, cheaper crop protection products is a sensible way to counter low grain prices.

Velcourt is exploring the concept with a series of national trials using the fungicide propiconazole and some herbicides.

But ADASs Bill Clark reckons trying to turn the clock back is false economy. "It has always been the position that new chemicals help. Even at only £60/t on highly responsive varieties the newer products are cost-effective.

"You cant get away from the fact that older products have been replaced because the newer ones are better," adds ARC director Mike Carver. &#42