The British Crop Production Council (BCPC) has relaunched its online UK Pesticide Guide platform with a host of new features, including an easy-to-use product search and comparison tool. Charlotte Cunningham reports.

The online version of the UK Pesticide Guide has undergone modifications to its look and feel as well as improved functionality to support your crop protection decisions, giving users access to in-depth product data, clearly presented for easy reference, explains BCPC’s Julian Westaway.

BCPC’s Julian Westaway said, “Having access to the latest pesticide information is vital for all those involved in their use and application. The UK Pesticide Guide, in both its online and print version, is the one-stop database for all pesticide products approved in the UK, including the latest active ingredient profiles, new products and formulations.

“The new comprehensive, flexible, easy-to-use product comparison tool allows users to tailor their search by multiple attributes, which can be filtered and sorted.

“For a farmer it’s a particularly useful tool when buying pesticides, allowing comparison between similar products which, for example, may have different aquatic or arthropod buffer requirements or maximum rates/ha. Users are also able to select products with simpler buffer zone requirements to reduce the complexity of recent pesticide regulations and aid compliance. For others it may save time when planning pesticide use, in accessing product information and safety data sheets or just comparing products.”

The 2021 UK Pesticide Guide print version, now in its 34th edition, goes on sale in January 2021, and includes a crop-pest index, pesticide profiles, suppliers and distributor contact information, and key information on pesticide use and legislation. The print version is available for £59.50 + P&P, with 50% discount for users with an online subscription. Up to three BASIS points and two NRoSO points are available depending on the purchase option.