Sweetcorn planting and aminopyralid (manure) problems

We spent Sunday planting out our sweetcorn. This year we’ve planted up a double bed, as we found last year’s crop to be just a little too small, and we’ve used fleece to act as a windbreak around the lower 25-30 cm of the bed, just to give the baby sweetcorn a chance to get their roots down before the Sussex winds start ripping into them. We have some old trellis that sits on the two corners from which our most prevalent wind arrives (although now we have a middle row plot I think this will be less of an issue than it was on the windy end plot #201).

This year we’re trying not to be the first to plant everything, so we’ve waited until around a third of allotments have sweetcorn out before planting ours. Last year, for some reason, we were first with just about everything and I’m not sure we gained anything for our troubles but extra work in protecting tender crops from wind, air-frosts and predators who flocked to our plot because we had the only food around!

Sadly, since 2008 there have been intermittent problems with horse manure being contaminated with aminopyralid, a herbicide that causes peculiar curling problems with leaf growth, particularly on the solonacae family (potatoes and tomatoes and their ilk) and dahlias.

Our next door neighbours have been unlucky enough to use contaminated manure and the results can be seen on their potato crop.
If you are buying horse manure, try to find out if Forefront, Banish, Halcyon, Pharaoh, Pro-Banish, and Runway have been used on the grass that the horses have eaten. If so you may find there are aminopyralid residues in the manure and that’s bad news for the allotment-holder! Further information on the problem can be found here and if you think you have a problem, contact your local council as soon as possible to get their advice.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, May 16, 2011


Anonymous allotments4you said...

Luckily my manure comes direct from my cousin who has his own pigs and they are fed all nice organic stuff so I don't have to worry about any of this...it's good to know the facts of what's going on though!!

My sweetcorn has been in the ground for about 4 weeks now...i think I too need to slow down with the planting and sowing a little!!

May 16, 2011 at 1:33 PM  
Anonymous plant vegetables said...

Hi! did you solve your problems? I hope you did.

May 17, 2011 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Tanya, having a direct route from animal to plot is the best way to ensure you know what you're putting on your crops - lucky you!

May 18, 2011 at 6:27 AM  
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May 31, 2011 at 1:53 AM  
Blogger Sue@G.L. Allotments said...

I've collected lots of information about aminopyralid contamination as I was a vistim in 2011 If you are interested the web link is here Already I have a list of people affected in 2011. One problem is that asking a supplier if aminopyralid has been used on fgrazing land doesn't take into account that the supplier won't have a clue what has gone into bought fodder. Use on fodder crops is banned but this doesn't appeat to have stopped it happening.

June 30, 2011 at 5:03 AM  
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July 16, 2011 at 2:32 AM  
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February 11, 2012 at 7:23 AM  

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