UK vegetable growers have a new extension of authorisation for minor use (EAMU) for the bioherbicide ‘Finalsan’. Tested as part of the original SCEPTRE project funded by AHDB Horticulture, ‘Finalsan’ showed particularly promising results as a control option for groundsel and fat hen.
The EAMU has seen the product approved as an inter-row horticultural herbicide on a variety of root, tuber and bulb vegetables. It will be launched by Certis next spring, with growers able to apply the product from March to September, according to application requirements.
The product has also secured on-label approval for use on a large range of top fruit and soft fruit species, applied around the crop, ensuring the product doesn’t make contact with the canopy, and it has potential for strawberry runner control.
Vivian Powell, Crop Protection Senior Scientist at AHDB, said, “SCEPTRE has already delivered 10 on-label approvals and 12 EAMUs for growers, and we’re pleased to see Finalsan also now getting EAMU approval after performing well in the trials. We hope this product can support a gap in the market for growers as more herbicides continue to get withdrawn.”
Selchuk Kurtev, IPM Manager at Certis, added, “The SCEPTRE, and now the SCEPTREplus project, benefit both growers and manufacturers, as they increase our knowledge of the potential options and help us deliver what growers need.”
Finalsan was coded 116 in SCEPTRE and the trial results are available in the final grower summary report available on the AHDB Horticulture website.
Photo Caption: Finalsan is said to have particularly good activity on groundsel and fat hen.