Resistance is one of the biggest issues facing the crop production sector, as key actives go through the re-registration process and in some cases, receive further restrictions or are lost altogether.
As a result, there becomes an over-reliance on the remaining approved active substances, and the risk of resistance can build, and with this so does the number of solutions available to growers.
This is a serious issue within protected environments, where the pest lifecycle can be much quicker. Some pests produce three to four, or even more, generations in a single season, and with each generation, the build-up of resistance can increase.
This quicker risk of resistance development, paired with the threat of new pests, has the potential to lead to a breakdown of entire crop protection strategies.
What can you do?
As an industry, we must work together, proactively to tackle resistance development and build up, head-on.
It’s only by using all the tools we have, in a responsible manner and starting right at the beginning at the season, that we can keep producing clean crops fit for market, while reducing the incidence of resistance.
Building a resistance programme
There is no silver bullet, but by drawing on a well-prepared IPM strategy and incorporating the latest thinking into your crop management, it’s possible to stay one step ahead of pests and diseases.