ICL will be using next months HTA National Plant Show to highlight its new one-stop-shop for Black Vine Weevil control and to showcase Seeka −its new range of beneficial nematodes. (Stand 233/4 & 227/8).
“Vine Weevil Seeka, powered by BASF technology, is the catalyst behind this new initiative,” explains ICL’s marketing communications manager, Adam Ferjani. “We have taken the lead against this potentially devastating pest, offering a 52 week programmed IPM approach featuring advice on cultural controls, plus beneficial nematodes and compatible chemical controls such as Exemptor.”
Supplementing ICL’s conventional chemical pesticides range, Vine Weevil Seeka contains Heterorhabditis bacteriophorabeneficial nematodes (85%) and is recommended for use in soil or container-grown crops when soil temperatures are between 12°C- 30°C for at least two weeks after application.
“Temperature is critical to success with beneficial nematode controls,” explains Adam. “Our customers will have exclusive access to robust, real time growing media temperature data compiled from a network of temperature loggers on nurseries throughout the UK. To generate meaningful data, we would like to hear from growers keen to join this network and have a free temperature logger installed on their nursery.”
To maximise the effectiveness of the new Seeka range, ICL has launched Transporter – a superior blend of surfactants that optimises water, and hence nematode, distribution in the growing media.
Andrew Wilson and Martin Donnelly, managers from ICL’s technical team, will be explaining the new 52 week programmed IPM approach to Vine Weevil control at seminars during the Show.
The new Seeka range also includes Fungus Gnat Seeka. Containing Steinernema feltiae, it provides control of fungus gnats (Sciaridae spp) as well as Western Flower Thrips.