Product of the month

Every month we promote new or existing products that are available to top, soft and stone fruit growers.

September/October

Brown Marmorated Stick Bug (BMSB) – The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has become a serious pest of fruit crops in North America and more recently, southern Europe.  It has been recorded in the south of England in very small numbers.  There are several native species of stinkbug, at least one of which has caused significant damage in pear orchards. Distinguishing between species will become increasingly important.
We have been able to source a pheromone based BMSB trap that is widely used in the USA. This could prove useful as an early warning system and to help us all to gather data on the distribution of the pest if numbers begin to rise.

FAST School of Fruit growing – New dates announced for the FAST School of Fruit Growing courses for 2020/21 and all courses are going to be held live ONLINE.  Our courses are developed for managers and technical staff in farms and businesses throughout the fruit industry.  For more details on our course contents click here, for dates and costs click here.
For more details on training courses we provide and can arrange, drop down the training menu at the top of this page.

July

Nematodes – FAST highly recommend starting applications of the nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora (Nematop®) from early August

ProTAC sf –  FAST are pleased to announce that we are now able to supply an exciting new product for the treatment of pear psylla, aphids, spider and rust mite.  100% green, ProTAC sf has zero residue, zero active chemical ingredients and no chance of resistance developing in target pests.

May

Fitopak (Phytoseiulus persimilis) – for the control of Two Spotted Spider and Red Spider mite. Available in 2 sizes

April

Anthopak 500 (Anthocoris nemoralis) – Now is the time to be looking for eggs and planning your first Anthocorid introductions.

FresaControl & BerryControl Intended as a replacement for aphicide applications.  FresaControl controls all common species of aphid in strawberry, BerryControl is for raspberry species.

SWD Monitoring – For a pest such as Drosophila, ongoing monitoring is essential to ensure that control measures can be put in place as soon as they are found and before they have time to start laying eggs on developing fruit.

March

Nemamax® 2020 – The new kid in town…  Nemamax® contains beneficial nematodes of the species Heterorhabditis downesi. The species follows a cruiser strategy to locate potential hosts, so it disperses well in soils and substrates.

Pheromone traps – Why use pheromone traps?  Monitoring insect pest is a crucial part of any proactive IPM programme.

WinterGuard – Beat the birds.  As buds swell they become attractive to pigeons, Winter Guard has been effective in deterring them.

February

Anti-Stress – Anti-stress is a non-toxic biodegradable water-based polymer coating that can minimise the damage of climate related stress.

January

Mycor A & Pralor A – The best start for your new fruit trees and vines.  Contains a strain of mycorrhizae, Glomus intraradices, which has a greater capacity for colonization and is more robust than other species.