Potato crop owners advised of changes to CIPC product labels

The Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group (PICSG) is advising crop owners of changes that will be appearing on all CIPC product labels imminently, following industry consultation.

“These new label recommendations will appear in the manufacturer’s recommendation section of the label, and have been developed as part of the ‘Be CIPC Compliant’ drive to minimise residue levels and maintain the availability of CIPC,” comments Mick Bridge of PICSG member company United Phosphorus.

He clarifies that whilst these are not new statutory requirements, the stewardship recommendations should be considered as such, given the industry importance of retaining access to this vital sprout suppressant tool.

The recommendations state that CIPC must be applied within three weeks of harvest, or at the earliest occasion thereafter, even in the absence of signs of breaking dormancy.

They also state that in cold stores, CIPC should only be used once, with applications carried out before temperatures fall below 7°C.

A further change is to require fans to recirculate store air for at least six hours before CIPC application, without cooling; stipulating that positive ventilation is recommended in all store types during treatment.

“The new label recommendations specify best practice, which must be adhered to as an industry standard to show the Advisory Committee on Pesticides that we are committed to securing a future for CIPC,” notes Morley Benson, Account Manager for PICSG member company Certis.

Mick Bridge reiterates, “In order to comply with the guidelines crop owners must be proactive and plan applications to ensure the maximum efficacy of this product. What they lose in flexibility – they gain in product efficiencies and cost savings.”

He adds, “Early applications are critical to the success of the initiative in order to aid product distribution. It also enables positive ventilation to allow CIPC to work most efficiently, and there are also clear cost efficiencies. 

Grace Gillard of PICSG member company, Aceto states, “These recommendations are both realistic and achievable. We have made considerable progress over the last five years of CIPC stewardship; however, exceedences above the maximum residue levels have still been recorded. It’s therefore essential that crop owners comply with these new recommendations in order to maintain CIPC in their crop protection armoury.”

In conjunction with the recommendations, the PICSG urges crop owners to comply with the store checklist (available from www.becipccompliant.co.uk) to ensure stores are assessed against the critical store guidelines.

The PICSG will be on hand at BP2013 to discuss the Be CIPC Compliant campaign and to answer any questions relating to potato storage and CIPC use.