Around 40% of the UK’s winter cereal area uses seed treated with Redigo Deter. Many farmers wouldn’t risk anything else and often use it on all their cereals. That’s because Redigo Deter:
- Controls slugs, aphids and BYDV, and key seed-borne diseases
- Ensures excellent establishment and plant health
- Improves wheat and barley yields
- Reduces spray and fuel costs
- Aids autumn workload management
- Buys time for herbicide programmes
Not fully convinced? Here are answers to important questions:
“I don’t have pest problems”
If the autumn is mild or wet, slugs and aphid/BYDV problems can flare up. Redigo Deter ensures excellent establishment leading to healthy seedlings, increased crop stands and support for better yields
“It’s too expensive”
With Redigo Deter, you’ll get real yield benefits – an additional 2.15 t/ha in wheat, 2.75 t/ha in barley (average of Bayer BYDV trials 2006-11 vs. untreated controls).
You can drill right up to the field margins and ensure all of your crop benefits from early protection. There’s no need for an 18 m buffer zone for foliar sprays such as cypermethrin or restrictions near water courses.
You’ll potentially save the cost of at least one pyrethroid spray. And you’ll reduce fuel, manpower and other inputs with fewer crop passes. That’s because you can avoid going on the land when conditions are difficult.
“I prefer to rely on pyrethroid sprays”
You can wait and see, but autumn is busy enough. Redigo Deter provides up to eight weeks’ aphid/BYDV protection from the point of drilling.
This helps side-step potential aphid resistance – Redigo Deter controls all aphids, including resistant clones. In addition, with extended aphid and BYDV activity, it can make foliar insecticide timings simpler when pest pressure is high and conditions limit suitable spraying days.
“But I drill late”
You can drill any time from 1 July to 31 December. Actually, Redigo Deter is particularly suitable for later-sown crops – barley, second wheats and crops after OSR.
“It’s not suitable for my rotation”
Redigo Deter is safe for use on all winter cereal varieties; not just wheat and barley, but oats, rye and triticale.
“I don’t know what diseases it covers”
Redigo Deter offers broad-spectrum control of major seed-borne diseases.
Winter varieties of wheat, oats, durum wheat, rye and triticale:
- Fusarium seedling blight/stem base browning (Microdochium nivale and Fusarium culmorum)
- Loose smut
- Fusarium seedling blight/stem base browning (Microdochium nivale)
- Loose smut
- Covered smut (winter-sown barley and winter oats)
- Leaf stripe
“I’ll have to recalibrate my drill”
It’s a good idea to recalibrate in any case. Seed lots vary and seed is a critical investment in any crop, so you want to make sure you’re putting in the right amount and getting the best possible establishment.
“My soil type is wrong”
Regardless of your soil, the risk of BYDV is growing due to warmer autumns and winters. In addition, all the restrictions on foliar sprays and the increase in resistant grain aphids mean that more crops are at risk than ever.
“I’m not in the right location”
If you’re not at risk from BYDV or slugs, Deter might not be the right choice. However, you should be aware that with warmer, wetter winters we are seeing problems in areas that have never previously been affected.