Premium ferric phosphate slug bait
More baiting points per m2 means more slugs will find the bait
Unique thin edge makes it easier for juveniles to eat the bait
Uniform shape, size and weight with no dust helps ensure accurate distribution
Precision manufacturing process gives excellent weather resistance
Ferrex lentils hold their colour for easy monitoring in the field
Lasts longer on the ground, reducing need for re-baiting
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FERREX trusted on sensitive sites
With virtually all the arable land on their three farms in a catchment sensitive farming initiative, the BW Field partnership have long been involved in careful management of potential pollutants, including slug bait.
The Mimmshall Brook project in South Hertfordshire was set up with local farmers, Affinity Water and Natural England in 2011. Due to the fractured chalk nature of the geology in this area, the groundwater is influenced by heavy rainfall, creating a significant risk of diffuse pollution from agriculture.
Alistair White of BW Field and Partners is a member of the steering group and within a few years of the project’s launch he had begun experimenting with ferric phosphate slug products in place of metaldehyde on the highest risk land. Having found that ferric phosphate does the job, he decided to adopt it for the whole farm.
“I decided that if we could trust it on some of the land, we should trust it on the rest. For the last seven years we have used a variety of products and as we buy through North Herts Farmers, we began using Ferrex last year,” he explained.
The partnership’s 1400 acres of arable is split between wheat, barley, oilseed rape and oats. The Ferrex lentils are usually applied to the OSR immediately after drilling and rolling, using a Stocks fan jet applicator attached to a pick-up truck. This vehicle ensures an adequate power source for the applicator when it is set at a comparatively high, 24m spread width.
Winter wheat does not receive a blanket application, usage tailored to previous cropping, cultivation and soil type. On recently established crops a quad bike is used and the spread width is reduced to 12m, making use of tramlines. Alistair wonders whether the lightweight lentils might be affected by windy conditions, giving less uniform distribution at the wider spread width but has not noticed a significant problem. He has, however, noted the product’s excellent stability:
“This year we applied Ferrex to 100 acres of oilseed rape just before several days of heavy rain. A week later the lentils were still visible on the ground which we did not expect.”
Precautions are followed with all agrochemicals and a 6 metre margin is maintained for watercourses. The results across the catchment area has been highly successful, Alistair believes:
“We have a good relationship with Affinity Water and receive a payment for clean water. In the last period every farmer in the scheme received a full payment which shows that the initiative is working.”
Lentils last longer
Having trialled ferric phosphate slug bait against previously used metaldehyde products, William Lee was soon satisfied lentil-shaped Ferrex was not only equally effective but also lasted longer in the field.
William is Farms Manager on the Penn House Estate near Amersham in Buckinghamshire. A mixed-enterprise business and popular as a film set – hosting children’s blockbuster Nanny McPhee among others – it includes a large acreage of combinable crops.
He accepts that changing to ferric phosphate takes a bit of getting used to:
“Unlike metaldehyde you don’t see dead slugs but if you have trapped slugs and can’t see damage to the crop, you can still be sure it’s working. It also has much better longevity than the metaldehyde bait which quickly turned to mush. The lentil format seems really robust and there are certainly no clouds of dust following the spreader.”
William uses two applicators – a Techneat Avacast Twin Air mounted on the sprayer and Spaldings spinning disc Broadcaster on a quad bike. Both provide a reliable spread pattern, he has found:
“The spread pattern is better than traditional pellets and I haven’t had any problems with either machine at 24 metres.”
Slug bait is not used on a routine basis but only when required. On the other hand, as slugs can be expected on first wheats that follow oilseed rape, it is normally applied with the rolls. While the slugs may not appear immediately, Ferrex keeps its form until they are active.
The Estate makes good use of the Ouse and Cherwell buying group and William made sure he had sufficient supplies of Ferrex ahead of the season.
“We need to be prepared and it’s no use having to wait a few days for the pallets to arrive,” he observed.