Seeds represent a significant and essential proportion of the input costs in vegetable production. This factsheet has been produced following requests from growers for guidance on how to get the best from seed and therefore maximise the value returned from the initial investment.
Glyphosate products may be used pre-harvest on a range of crops to control weeds, aid harvesting and help protect grain quality (particularly in wet harvests) and food safety. This publication outlines stewardship measures to maximise product efficacy and minimise crop residues.
Understanding the quality and condition of grain is crucial. Accurate sampling at each stage of the grain chain is required to develop that understanding. It should help to reduce waste and minimise charges, claims and rejections.
Read about the various control measures to reduce the risk from ergot in cereal crops. There is currently no EU legislation for maximum levels of ergot alkaloids but discussions in EFSA may result in future legislative limits.