Acelepryn receives full approval giving greenkeepers leatherjacket option
New Acelepryn approval opens options for soil pest strategies.
The Syngenta insecticide, Acelepryn, has received full approval, offering a chemical alternative as golf greenkeepers attempt to overcome the challenges faced by soil pests.
The full approval ensures Acelepryn will be available for purchase in time for the key chafer white grub application timing in late spring and to target leatherjackets at the most appropriate timing in autumn,
Leatherjackets and chafer grubs can cause catastrophic damage to high quality sports surfaces, as well as high risks to players and horses where root damage results in the instability of turf
Syngenta Turf Business Manager
The label covers control of chafer grubs and leatherjackets in golf greens, tees, fairways and roughs, sports pitches, racecourses and gallops, bowling greens, airfields and professional application to commercial and residential lawns. Restrictions will be in place regarding the percentage of area being treated.
Acelepryn had previously been available for several seasons under the restricted constraints of an Emergency Authorisation. The full approval will enable optimum timing of application to best coincide with peak pest activity in specific solutions.
Syngenta Technical Manager Sean Loakes said: "For leatherjackets, changing climatic weather patterns that influence adult crane fly emergence and egg laying has frequently been occurring later in the season. The full approval for Acelepryn will enable more flexibility in the precise application timing for more effective results against early-stage larvae activity."
The UK label approval for Acelepryn allows for one application per year on permitted surfaces at a rate of 0.6 hectares subject to specific label restrictions.
Syngenta Turf Business Manager Sarah Hughes said: "Leatherjackets and chafer grubs can cause catastrophic damage to high quality sports surfaces, as well as high risks to players and horses where root damage results in the instability of turf. The issues have been occurring over an extended period with chaning climatic conditions. The approval for Acelepryn will enable turf managers to develop more effective integrated turf management programmes to tackle the severe effects of these pests."
An online turf pest ID guide aids in the indentification of adult stages of key soil pests and target application timing. This is also available on the Syngenta Turf website, along with a full insight into new developments and practical implications of leatherjacket ITM and control programmes in the On the Horizon podcast. The Greencast Advisory turf blog provides further in-season advice and topical tips for timing and application.
Karl has been head of communications for BIGGA since March 2016. His duties include editing the monthly Greenkeeper International magazine, in addition to other communications activities for the association.