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26 September, 2019



Spring is finally in the air, or at least it appears to be on social media - with every other post celebrating the end of what feels like a very long winter! This has given us a great idea for Arbor Week 2019 - read on to find out more! 

Every now and again a "buzzword" pops up, with which the industry becomes awash. Since the release of the new Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Pesticide Policy, IPM appears to be on everyone's lips. (Perhaps because they are still too scared to utter the word ESRA, shorthand for the dreaded environmental and social risk assessment.) Read on to get a better understanding of both aspects and how they fit into the new Pesticide Policy.

While ESRAs and the new FSC Pesticide Policy have created some anxiety, it is not nearly to the degree caused by TIP-MAG. As our new online magazine which is still in the development stage, TIP-MAG has been a huge undertaking; yet we are more certain than ever about the benefits (and necessity) of having a platform where the industry can present and share pesticide research. Make sure you've subscribed to TIPWG's mailing list to ensure you receive a copy when the first issue is published.

Glyphosate remains in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, as do bees - who are desperately looking for a champion. Could forestry answer that call? I certainly hope so.  Certainly TIPWG is looking to do it all it can to promote the plight of bees and we hope other industries will take up the challenge.

The amount of junk mail that finds its way into my inbox is staggering, so it makes my day when something truly useful appears like the emails from Villa Crop. Tried and tested tips from those working in the pesticide industry are incredibly helpful which is why we will be featuring them in our newsletters from now on. Hopefully they'll aid others in the industry, as well as inspiring companies to produce useful tit-bits that we will be more than happy to share!

We hope you enjoy this jam-packed issue; let us know what you think by emailing or

Yours in all things pesticide related,

Roger Poole

TIPWG Chairman

Whats New

The deadly consequences of silencing the buzz

Few articles have had such a profound effect on me, as Dr Gerhard Verdoorn's "The victim of irresponsible pesticide use" in Farmer's Weekly. Are you ready to stand up for the bees?

Chemical manufactures heeding forestry's call?

Learn more about Harry Quicke's visit to South Africa to do a due diligence on behalf of Bayer.

TIP-MAG needs you!

Those of you who have been following our quarterly newsletters will know that 2019 is a big year for TIPWG. Not only have we launched this newsletter, but we are also planning to launch an online magazine too! But, we need your help - click here to find out more!

What's IPM got to do with a Pesticide Working Group?

Everything! While IPM comes as second nature to many of us, for those on the outside there is often a misconstrued belief that our approach to pest management is simply the liberal, unplanned and unregulated application of unnecessary amounts of chemical pesticides. This could not be further from the truth, with the sector being one of the most highly regulated and monitored. TIPWG plans to do to address this.

Handy Hints!

A new section of the TIPWG newsletter, courtesy of Villa Crop, these handy hints have come in useful on more than one occasion! This month's hint - multi-purpose adjuvants.


Historically selection-breeding methods were suitable to stay ahead of the increased pest and disease incidence, that scenario has now changed, and tree breeding had to adapt its strategy and methodology. Read on to learn how tree breeding has become a partner in a much broader approach of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in order to effectively manage the risk to its growing stock.




Now that the dust has settled, it's time to reflect on the impact of the new Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Pesticide Policy on the forester at a plantation level - in particular, the impact ESRA will have.

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Celebrating Arbor Month

Will you take up the TIPWG Arbor Month challenge and use social media to celebrate our planted forests?

Have your say on TIPWG SOPs

We want to know what Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) you want to see next year. You may have received an email from Jacqui asking what SOPs you want to see developed  - please take the time to give us some feedback.

We have a list of the SOPs we think would be useful but want your feedback to ensure we are on the right track.

So, what pesticide-related areas of interest are important to you?

Should we be looking at overarching pesticide-related issues or the application of a specific pesticide?

Do you want an SOP for a specific piece of equipment or would it be more useful designing one for a particular pest?

To have your say, all you need to do is complete this short survey.

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