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Slug Knowledge Hub

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Understanding slug behaviour and the available cultural and chemical approaches is key to managing slugs this autumn. Utilising over 10 years of experience and technical expertise, the Certis Slug Hub at CropTec 2019 will encompass everything from slug behaviour to pellet application.

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Slug Knowledge Hub

Sponsored by

Black-grass hub - bayer

Understanding slug behaviour and the available cultural and chemical approaches is key to managing slugs this autumn. Utilising over 10 years of experience and technical expertise, the Certis Slug Hub at CropTec 2019 will encompass everything from slug behaviour to pellet application.

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Day one timesDay two timesSpeaker
11:00 – 11:1511.00 – 11:15

Neil Beadle & contribution from Dr Gordon Port
Arable Product Manager, Certis

Insights into slug behavior & IPM tactics to counteract slug damage

Understanding of slug ecology is critical in formulating a suitable integrated pest management strategy against the damaging pest that is notoriously difficult to control. Neil and Gordon will discuss recurring questions often asked by growers revolving around the pest’s ecology and the most effective cultural and chemical means of management in arable rotations. This will cover an insight into the behavior and lifecycle of the pest, gained through Gordon’s extensive research of slugs at Newcastle University. The seminar will then go on to outline key areas in creating an effective slug management program followed by an open discussion with seminar attendants.

13:00 – 13:15N/A

Keith Walters,
Professor of Invertebrate Biology and Pest Management, Harper Adams University

Environmentally sustainable and commercially viable control of slugs: Towards a new approach

The grey field slug (Deroceras reticulatum) is widely acknowledged to be a major pest of many UK crops and presents particular difficulties when developing new integrated pest management approaches. A limited and declining number of slug control products are available for use in the field and there is a need to protect the remaining active ingredients by avoiding unnecessary use wherever possible. Farmers and consultants often report that instead of being evenly spread across arable fields slugs are often found in patches of higher densities located within larger areas of low slug numbers, and it has been suggested that applications of slug controls may be targeted at these higher density patches alone. Based on extensive work in commercial fields from major arable areas of the country, and feedback from a range of industry sectors (e.g manufacturers of precision application equipment, software developers, farmers, consultants, etc.), this seminar will discuss the size and number of patches that are found in arable fields, their stability over time and risks associated with using a “patch-treatment” approach in commercial practice.

Conclusions on the feasibility of the approach will be discussed with delegates attending the seminar, along with new work that is required to develop the final components of a practical (automated) patch treatment procedure, ameliorate or eliminate associated risk and to ensure cost effectiveness.

14:50 – 15:0513:00 – 13:15

Laurence Power,
Technical Manager, Certis

Calibration & Application support top tips

From his experience in the field, Laurence will talk through some common issues and difficulties that arise with pellet application and how best to avoid them. He will then go on to explain important factors to consider when choosing a good quality, effective slug pellet.

Day one timesDay two timesSpeaker
11:00 – 11:1511.00 – 11:15

Neil Beadle & contribution from Dr Gordon Port
Arable Product Manager, Certis

Insights into slug behavior & IPM tactics to counteract slug damage

Understanding of slug ecology is critical in formulating a suitable integrated pest management strategy against the damaging pest that is notoriously difficult to control. Neil and Gordon will discuss recurring questions often asked by growers revolving around the pest’s ecology and the most effective cultural and chemical means of management in arable rotations. This will cover an insight into the behavior and lifecycle of the pest, gained through Gordon’s extensive research of slugs at Newcastle University. The seminar will then go on to outline key areas in creating an effective slug management program followed by an open discussion with seminar attendants.

13:00 – 13:15N/A

Keith Walters,
Professor of Invertebrate Biology and Pest Management, Harper Adams University

Environmentally sustainable and commercially viable control of slugs: Towards a new approach

The grey field slug (Deroceras reticulatum) is widely acknowledged to be a major pest of many UK crops and presents particular difficulties when developing new integrated pest management approaches. A limited and declining number of slug control products are available for use in the field and there is a need to protect the remaining active ingredients by avoiding unnecessary use wherever possible. Farmers and consultants often report that instead of being evenly spread across arable fields slugs are often found in patches of higher densities located within larger areas of low slug numbers, and it has been suggested that applications of slug controls may be targeted at these higher density patches alone. Based on extensive work in commercial fields from major arable areas of the country, and feedback from a range of industry sectors (e.g manufacturers of precision application equipment, software developers, farmers, consultants, etc.), this seminar will discuss the size and number of patches that are found in arable fields, their stability over time and risks associated with using a “patch-treatment” approach in commercial practice.

Conclusions on the feasibility of the approach will be discussed with delegates attending the seminar, along with new work that is required to develop the final components of a practical (automated) patch treatment procedure, ameliorate or eliminate associated risk and to ensure cost effectiveness.

14:50 – 15:0513:00 – 13:15

Laurence Power,
Technical Manager, Certis

Calibration & Application support top tips

From his experience in the field, Laurence will talk through some common issues and difficulties that arise with pellet application and how best to avoid them. He will then go on to explain important factors to consider when choosing a good quality, effective slug pellet.

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