Bayer 'Turf Talks' an exhibition first

'Life after Iprodione' is a major focus at BTME for the Bayer Turf Solutions Team, who have been running a series of 'Tech-Talks on stand A46, to explain what the future of turf pest and disease management will look like as the industry loses chemistry.

Dr Colin Mumford is also giving a dedicated seminar on Wednesday 24 January at 10am in the Queen's Suite.

Iprodione, the active ingredient in Chipco Green and Interface, was officially withdrawn from the market in November 2017. The sale of the product is permitted until March 2018, and greenkeepers then have a further three months to 5 June 2018 to use up all stocks.

Neil Pettican, Bayer head of sales for turf and amenity, explained that although a valuable ingredient is leaving the market, innovation is ongoing, and the organisation is working hard to develop new products, both now and into the future.

He said: "We introduced Exteris Stressguard to the UK market in January 2017. Not only was this a new active ingredient, but a whole new chemical group, aiding resistance management.

"With the loss of products, the message is clear: the future of disease control is preventative, not curative, and greenkeepers need to change their approach, with resistance management being key to this strategy.

"So, the tech talks are a great 'bite-size' learning opportunity to explain some of the technical terms with an interactive approach.

As take-home references, the new Microdochium Patch guide will be available to pick up free of charge, and the updated TurfXpert App, which is free to download, will be at the show.

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