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New pesticide for UK farmers

Though farmers face a myriad of problems, such as lack of water, too much sunlight, or freak weather occurrences, one problem they do have control over are the pests that eat their crops. In the past few years, however, controlling pests has become more and more difficult. The climate seems to be drawing them out and making them attack in full force.
The past few summers have seen a rise in the number of pests attacking both crops and homes. Insect control companies say that pests are at their worst in the summer because the warmer weather makes them come out of their nests and homes to look for moisture. Since the summers we've been having have hit some record highs, not to mention have lasted longer than it should have in some areas, the pest problem is becoming worse.
Crop eating pests not only destroy human food sources, but they can also upset the balance of the environment. Most of the time, the environment has a natural predator for these pests, keeping them in balance. One such predator is the solitary wasp, which is well known for feasting crop eating pests. Given enough of these wasps in an area, crops have a good chance of surviving well enough for the food supply. However, with the changes in weather affecting crop eaters to come out more viciously, some farmers are having a hard time coping.
In response to the pest problem, authorities have given special off-label approvals (SOLAs) for the use of DiPel DF, an insecticide that should help keep pests off a number of crops. The insecticide is administered as a hydraulic sprayer. It acts as a stomach poison to these crop eating pests, causing death in as quickly as a day. The chemical is completely biodegradable and leaves no possibly harmful residue on the crops, which makes it an ideal pesticide. Despite these facts, farmers are still advised to wait seven day intervals between spray sessions, and like all insecticides, it must be diluted in water. Farmers are also asked to first assess how bad the situation is, and to take preventive measures on their crops.
The SOLAs of this pesticide has come as good news to many farmers. Plus the fact that authorities have announced the approval so early in the season, giving them time to read about it and assess whether or not it will be appropriate for their crops.

by S. C.
15 january 2011, World News > Europe

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