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Jane
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:45 pm    Post subject: Contaminated manure Reply with quote

I had been wondering for a while why my tomato plants were looking sicker and sicker but I think I just found the answer - contaminated manure. Apparently this has been causing havoc for allotment growers in Britain - a lot of manure has been contaminated by a herbicide, aminopyralid, and is causing leaf distortion and crop failure, particularly in potatoes, tomatoes and beans.
I won't go into the details as there's tons of discussion on the sites below but I'm pretty sure that this is the problem with my tomatoes. Is anyone else in Ireland having unexpected problems with potatoes or tomatoes and could this be the problem?
The chemical in question is currently suspended for use in Britain. I have not been able to find anything on its status in Ireland and would be really interested if anyone has any information on the use of this chemical here.
I was dubious about this at first but it seems even the chemical company agrees that it is their products causing the problems in Britain. It seems likely that the same problems are going to be coming up here so we badly need more information before more people's crops are ruined.
Here are the links to the UK discussions:
http://www.glallotments.btik.com/p_Contaminated_Manure.ikml#video
http://www.rhs.org.uk/news/weedkiller-manure.asp
http://www.allotment.org.uk/garden-diary/257/aminopyralid-herbicide-residue-in-manure-killing-crops/
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Sean Ph'lib
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where did you get the manure Jane?
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James Kilkelly
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mentioned here before Jane, with a bit of Irish insight by a member................ Contaminated manure
Worth a look.

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