UK GROWERS GREEN WITH ENVY

17 September 1999




UK GROWERS GREEN WITH ENVY

AS Irish cereal growers get their first chance to try Monsantos new take-all seed treatment, cereal growers in the UK are itching to have a try too.

Regulatory rules limit trials to 10ha (25 acres) pre-approval of the product in the UK, says Monsanto. Any attempts to buy from growers in Ireland seem set to be thwarted by the firms tight order procedure.

Irish grower Tim Berghin, who has been involved in trials of Latitude (silthiopham) on his Co Dublin farm, has already been approached by one English wheat grower trying to get his hands on some.

"He grows a lot of wheat on the Fens, mostly Soissons, and said take-all was severe on his peaty soil." No deal was done, and such a deal would be difficult due to the order process, adds Mr Berghin.

Invoiced

Latitude can only be ordered from Monsanto nominated agents, who then release the seed-treatment to the seed processor for application. Seed is delivered dressed, but the treatment and seed are invoiced separately. An up front, non-refundable 50% payment is required on the Latitude order, which must be placed well in advance of drilling.

"Thats one problem – it requires quite a bit of planning to use it," says Mr Berghin. &#42


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