UK Approved Plant Protection Products booklet ‘The Green Book’

Carefully compiled by the WineGB technical adviser, Chris Cooper, with the support of the WineGB Viticulture working group, this is an essential handbook for anyone with a vineyard. All On and Off Label Approvals for grapevines in the UK are listed, with detailed usage notes for Off Label Chemicals. Guidelines on safe and effective usage, additional notes on avoiding resistance build up and a suggested spray programme are all part of this publication. The Plant Protection Products ‘Green Book’ is issued each Spring and is available free to all WineGB producer members.

WineGB Green Book 2021

The Green Book 

WineGB members should keep The Green Book, and any amendments and new approvals, to hand for their own use. It is helpful, too, in demonstrating due diligence.  Updates are provided to members via bulletins.

PLEASE NOTE: THE SPRING 2021 GREEN BOOK (PUBLISHED APRIL 2021) WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PDF AND NOT POSTED TO MEMBERS IN HARD COPY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Click here for an electronic version of the Green Book 2021

 

Please Note:

Sprayer MOTs are now mandatory, and need to be done every 3 years. This doesn’t apply to knapsacks and there a few exemptions for other sprayers: New sprayers don’t have to be tested for 3 years; sprayers previously tested before Nov. 26th 2016 will be exempt for 5 years.

Emergency authorisation for ‘Exirel 10SE’ COP 2020/01804

Details: Article 53 Emergency Authorisation for the use of Exirel 10SE on wine grapes for control of spotted wing drosophila (drosophila suzukii). Application is to be made by broadcast air assisted/orchard sprayers in a minimum water volume of 500 to 1200 litres/ha.
Start date: 15 July 2021
Expiry date: 31 October 2021 (for placing on the market and use), 30 November 2021 (for storage and disposal of stocks)
Product name: Exirel 10SE (contains cyantraniliprole)

Please click on ‘application’ and ‘receipt’ for more information.

Extension of authorisation for a minor use of a Plant Protection Product

Notice given: May 2021
Extension of authorisation number: 0963 of 2021
Product name: Percos
MAPP number: 19700

Please note that the old MAPP number for this product is still extant (so can be used) for the next 18months but all new purchases will have the new MAPP number.

Please read document here

 

Please Note:

Sprayer MOTs are now mandatory, and need to be done every 3 years. This doesn’t apply to knapsacks and there a few exemptions for other sprayers: New sprayers don’t have to be tested for 3 years; sprayers previously tested before Nov. 26th 2016 will be exempt for 5 years.

WineGB Guide to Recognising Grapevine Symptoms

To order a copy please email Belinda Mercer: [email protected]

Application of Plant Protection Products

UK spray operators

You need certificates of competence to apply Plant Protection Products (PPP’s) with a sprayer. You must undertake training and pass the relevant Pesticide Application (PA) exams.

In the UK the only body recognised for training & testing is the NPTC. (See section on “Application” in the Green Book and the links below)

Courses cover the Foundation Module for Pesticide Application (PA1), followed within a specified time by another PA module depending on the equipment you use: PA6 for knapsacks, PA3 for air-assisted sprayers or PA2 for tractor mounted or trailed herbicide applicators.

An exemption, known as “grandfather rights”, for those born before 1965 who only applied PPP’s to their own or their employer’s crops, ceased in 2015. If you had grandfather rights but have not passed the relevant NPTC PA exams, you must attain the Level 2 award in the “Safe Use of Pesticides” (PA1b). This allows you to apply PPP’s but only to your own or your employer’s crops or land.

Effective vineyard spraying

There is a considerable amount of technicality in applying sprays to vines, to get optimum coverage, efficiency, safety and costs. Dr Andrew Landers from Cornell University, USA, provides comprehensive practical advice on his website and book, ‘Effective Vineyard Spraying: A Practical Guide for Growers’. Also watch  Dr Landers’ talk on effective spraying “Waste not, Want not”.

Useful links

NPTC: City & Guilds Land Based Services offer Certificate of Competence qualifications in the land based sector. Details of the qualifications scheme can be found here.

Find your nearest sprayer test centre:

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Find your nearest training centre.

Centres offering PA training that include vineyard-based content are:

Plumpton College

The Royal Agricultural University

East Malling