The loss of Mesurol as a maize seed treatment to prevent bird damage is likely to have a far-reaching effect on the industry, so KWS has come up with an alternative solution.
INITIO Bird Protect has been launched for 2020, as standard, across all the company’s maize varieties.
The seed treatment has active ingredients that offer both fungicidal action and repel birds.
To enhance its efficacy, it also contains zinc and manganese micronutrients for faster root development.
Growing maize without a bird repelling seed treatment is not an option, according to the company’s John Burgess.
“High UK populations of birds, such as pheasants and rooks, mean that there is a risk of significant crop losses from untreated seed or ineffective treatments.”
He believes that the seed treatment will also help to protect the UK’s maize acreage, which
is likely to diminish if untreated or fungicide-only treated seed is drilled.
“But with a backdrop of an ever-decreasing range of active ingredients, KWS researchers are also working towards a permanent solution to this issue,” he adds.