"For us it's a management tool. Using Redigo Deter means less worrying about slug hollowing pre-emergence. It also cuts out an extra pass - BYDV is covered until the Atlantis goes on in late autumn."
Tamara Hall, Beverley, E. Yorkshire
"Redigo Deter helps us manage establishing wheat crops. We don't have to rush back in with the quad bike straight after drilling, or with the sprayer as soon as tramlines are visible. It buys time"
Jon Parker, Alcester, Warwickshire
"It boosts establishment and fits our pre-em approach to grass-weed control. Wheat drilled after maize gets away without a BYDV spray; where wheat follows grass we've had no frit fly problems since using Redigo Deter"
Joe Foot, Dorchester, Dorset
"We tried it on a field last year and were very impressed. Grain hollowing was negligible and we avoided using metaldehyde pellets. This year we'll drill all wheat after OSR with Redigo Deter protection."
James Pimblett, Henham, Essex
"Redigo Deter fits well with new approaches to autumn grass-weed control. It controls BYDV-spreading aphids for 8 to 10 weeks from drilling; you won't have to go back with a separate BYDV spray after pre-em herbicide spraying."
Gordon Stewart, UAP seeds manager, Scotland
"Last autumn we tried a field with Redigo Deter. We only had to follow up with one slug pellet application, whereas other fields needed three or four. It's our best-looking crop this year."
Rob McDonald, Duns, Berwickshire
"We've used more Redigo Deter this season than we did in 2006, when we had excellent conditions for establishment. Crops got off to a flying start and didn't look back. In fact, we won the local ploughing society's annual 'Best field of wheat' competition with a crop that had been treated with Redigo Deter. We grow oats, which can mean we suffer from frit fly problems in the following wheat, but we found that there was no need for a specific spray as there had been in the previous two or three years. You can carry on drilling without worrying about spraying at such a busy time - it's all about peace of mind, really".
Daniel James, Herefordshire
"Since we started using Redigo Deter three years ago wheat crops have established much more evenly. It's stopped grain hollowing; we don't need to put pellets on with seed and have reduced our seed rate."
John Youngs, Fyfield, Hampshire
"Our agronomist advised using Redigo Deter to avoid BYDV spraying and help against slugs. It does and fits our black-grass programme, so we now drill all our winter cereals with it as standard."
Robin Cousland, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
"With very heavy soils and oilseed rape in the rotation, our number one priority in most autumns is to limit the damage caused by slugs. Before we started using Redigo Deter two years ago, we could spend up to £50/ha on pellets, applying them pre-ploughing, then post-sowing, following up with at least two further passes. In our first wheats - and despite a very wet autumn last year - this figure came down to £35/ha, with fewer passes. Redigo Deter has become very much a part of our slug control armoury and is environmentally preferable to pellets."
David Fuller-Shapcott, Sweethope, near Kelso
"We have a big problem with Wessex flea beetle around here, which were found initially in grass seed before moving into September-sown cereals. However, since we started drilling Redigo Deter-treated seed, the pest has kept away from all 800 hectares of our winter crops - aphids, too. In fact, I wouldn't consider drilling before mid-October without using Redigo Deter."
Nick Rowsell, farmer, Hampshire
"The sheer scale of slug populations last autumn, together with the high risk of aphid attack, led me to advise growers not to gamble on drilling untreated seed. We've used Redigo Deter-treated seed quite widely over the past couple of seasons - particularly in early-drilled wheat following oilseed rape - and have found no evidence of grain hollowing by slugs. Higher wheat prices are encouraging growers to invest in something that is likely to help produce good, even establishment, and if we can reduce the use of pellets at the same time, then that must be a good thing."
David Cairns, agronomist, Northumberland/Borders
"My customers are using a lot of Redigo Deter now, because they want to know that they've got BYDV covered in the early part of the season. In addition, the increase in the use of pre-em herbicides means they can save a pass. Redigo Deter's activity on gout fly, which can be a significant problem in this part of the country, is an extra bonus, protecting the crop for eight weeks before there's need to consider a follow-up insecticide. Redigo Deter has become an integral part of autumn establishment strategy."
Robert Annan, agronomist, Thames Valley