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AHDB to host desiccation events after diquat ban

AHDB Potatoes in the UK is to host a range of events designed to help growers finetune their desiccation programmes following the loss of diquat.

Sales of the widely used desiccant stopped on 31 July, with a use-up period ending on 4 February next year.

The body said the ban on the broad-spectrum herbicide has had significant ramifications for multiple growers’ desiccation strategies due to its common usage, and the limited alternatives available that are as effective and economical.

AHDB’s Strategic Farm programme has been conducting national demonstration trials to investigate alternative desiccants and combinations of these that growers can use instead of diquat.

Full report on Fruitnet here