Two new potato products launched

POTATO GROWERS will have access to one new blight product and another new sprout suppressant next season, it has been announced.

The new blight product from Bayer CropScience, called Infinito, contains the active ingredient fluopicolide. It will be available in combination with propamocarb hydrochloride for use in 2006 blight programmes, the firm said.

The product has just been granted full approval by the Pesticides Safety Directorate and the company plans to formally launch it to the UK potato industry early in the New Year.

Meanwhile, Whyte Agrochemicals has launched a new chlorpropham-based sprout suppressant called Pro-Long.

The company claims that the product secures crops against sprouting for up to 10 months from harvest and also meets the latest maximum residue requirements for long-term potato storage.

Whyte’s is working with CIPC supplier Aceto to promote Pro-Long in association with the Pro-Potato campaign, which encourages the use of professional application contractors and optimal storage conditions.