Defra has approved an emergency authorisation for the use of asulam for bracken control for 2018. This is the fifth consecutive year that emergency use has been approved by Defra. The relevant dates for 2018 are expected to be:
14 May 2018
- Notice of authorisation published by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate of the Health & Safety Executive
- Start of the emergency authorisation period of 120 days
- Storage, promotion, sales, and transfer authorised
1 July 2018
- Application of asulam can commence
10 September 2018
- First expiry date: for sale and distribution of stocks
- Storage and use of stocks can continue
31 October 2018
- Final expiry date: for disposal, storage and use of stocks
- It will be illegal to apply or store asulam after this date
Following the ending of the approval to use asulam for bracken control on 31 December 2012, temporary annual arrangements have been put in place to allow the use of asulam for bracken control to continue.
Approval has been subject to the terms set out in emergency authorisations granted by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate of the Health & Safety Executive.
Asulam offers selective control of bracken and it has approval for aerial application. These characteristics are unique to asulam, which makes its use for bracken control very important.