Crop consultants and farmers whore looking for savings in the wrong areas could end up with more expense in the long run.
Paul Savage, Rotams marketing manager, says that with commodity prices predicted to stay low this year, farmers will be revising their crop protection plans, hoping to keep inputs down to a lower-than-ever level.
However, he believes that flexibility will be key this spring; flexibility in rates of actives, time between applications and the type of chemistry used.
He adds that the recent abnormally mild and wet autumn, coupled to the current mild winter, is likely to lead to higher rates of crop diseases and weed pressures this spring.
Farmers who’ve used residual herbicides in the autumn will have to keep a careful eye on making sure that the right level of weed control is still there in crops this spring, especially for the key weeds. Were already seeing a loss of normal persistence with autumn applied residuals, says Paul.
The kneejerk reaction for many farmers is to buy the cheapest available product to supply the actives wanted, especially if they’re generic, but this isn’t always the best solution, he says. The performance of an agrochemical is made up of manyc omponents, and its not just as simple as looking at the active, its th ewhole formulation quality thats important.
Rotams fungicide and herbicide products performed very well again in 2015, and were used nationally as part of effective disease and weed eradication strategies.
Their consistency of performance, flexibility and robustness are some of the reasons we’ve got very high market shares across Europe – our products can be trusted by farmers and agronomists to perform across a large range of situations,giving true value for money.
The company also continues to offer an alternative different route to market, giving farmers the chance to order Rotams range of sulfonylurea cereal herbicides direct, in conjunction with buying groups and in Scotland and the borders, machinery rings. This alone offers significant savings.