PRESS RELEASE: 30 July 2021
Metaldehyde stewardship guidelines apply this autumn.
With slug pellet applications imminent, the agricultural industry is being reminded that metaldehyde stewardship guidelines apply this autumn.
David Cameron, chairman of the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG), the industry body set up to promote responsible use of metaldehyde, explains that although no further supplies of the active are available from manufacturers, distributors can still sell stocks and use can continue until 31 March 2022.
“Responsible use of pellets right up until the end of the use up period is essential to help stop metaldehyde reaching watercourses in all areas of the UK, especially in drinking water catchments,” says Dr Cameron.
He notes key stewardship steps to follow. “Firstly, with the view of helping to minimise slug infestations and reduce the need for treatment, metaldehyde slug pellets must only be used as part of a wider Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programme.
“Factors such as soil and stubble management, planting methods, weather, trapping and monitoring should all be considered as part of slug control programmes.”
Growers should also take a field-by-field approach to assess the risk of metaldehyde reaching watercourses. “Think ‘Soil, Slope and Stream’. Your field’s soil type, topography and proximity to a water course are all key to understanding whether applications could impact drinking water quality.
“If treatment is necessary, it’s imperative to refer to the full set of MSG guidelines. These state that no metaldehyde-based slug pellets should not be applied if drains are flowing or heavy rain is forecast and, no pellets should be allowed to fall within a minimum of 10 metres of any field boundary or watercourse.”
Dr Cameron concludes by thanking the entire industry for their support over the last decade.
“Although we are now seeing the loss of metaldehyde from the market, the stewardship initiative played an enormously important role, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the ongoing support of various organisations and stakeholders.”
Full stewardship guidelines are available here.
Issued by: Diane Bristow, Pinstone, e: email@example.com, t: 01568 617660
About the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG):
The Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG) formed in 2008 in response to metaldehyde being detected in catchments used for water abstraction.
The ‘Get Pelletwise’ stewardship campaign was launched to promote and encouraging best practice with metaldehyde slug pellets, to minimise environmental impacts and in particular protect water.
Due to increasing regulatory pressure, the stewardship campaign enhanced in 2017 to include steps to ensure maximum protection of birds and small mammals, as well as water.
From 31 March 2021 no further supplies from manufacturers will be permitted but distributors can still sell stocks and use can continue until 31 March 2022. From 1 April 2022 it will then be illegal to sell and use metaldehyde products.
The MSG comprises; Adama Agricultural Solutions UK Ltd, Certis Europe B.V., De Sangosse and Lonza.
Visit www.getpelletwise.co.uk for more information.