Jul. 14, 2014
Bayer is seeking UK’s approval for a neonicotinoid product which is still available at EU level.
The agro-chemical company is currently awaiting a decision from the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) for autumn use of its foliar neonicotinoid insecticide Biscaya. The active ingredient, thiacloprid, is a neonicotinoid that is still permitted at EU level.
The application is for control of the aphid vector of turnip yellows virus (TuYV) in oilseed rape, which would formerly have been controlled by a neonicotinoid seed treatment. Biscaya is currently approved for spring use in the winter oilseed rape crop for control of pollen beetle.
According to Bayer commercial technical manager Neil Thompson, approval is being sought for two applications of Biscaya in the same crop to cover both uses.
Bayer is also seeking approval for use of its Mesurol (methiocarb) non-neonicotinoid insecticidal seed treatment on oilseed rape.
Given the proximity to the autumn sowing season, it is unclear whether there is any real prospect of approval being given in time for this year.
The EU neonicotinoid ban affects two Bayer products, including imidacloprid, one of the most widely-used pesticides in the world.
Last week rival company Syngenta withdrew an emergency use application that would have allowed farmers to plant 186,000 hectares of its neonicotinoid-treated Cruiser OSR, after the Government failed to make a decision in the timescale required to use it this year.
The move reignited concerns about how farmers will address pests like flea beetle this year.