How Pod-Stik works
Pod-Stik tacks and protects the pod seam, reducing its natural tendency to split and allowing the pod to expand, contract and mature normally. You get 12 weeks' protection after application so Pod-Stik will safeguard your crop through to harvest. Even if wet or windy weather delays combining, you can be sure your crop has the best possible protection.
Pod-Stik should be applied once pods have reached full size (growth stage 80-82) when pods are green and still pliable but no later than growth stage 89, when pods are ripe. At the later desiccant growth stages, crop yields within the tramline can be reduced as much as 30% through wheeling damage.
Pod-Stik can be co-applied with a variety of desiccants. If co-applying, always follow the desiccant label. It should be added to the spray tank as the last component in the mixture.
Pod-Stik is best applied at a rate of 1.0 litre/ha in 100-250 litres of water as a medium quality spray. If mixing with a partner, the partner's water volume recommendation should take priority.
Immediately after application rinse the sprayer thoroughly with water and 0.1% Activator 90, and Spray out to remove product from the inside of the spray tank, pump, spray lines and nozzles. Provided Pod-Stik does not dry out, it will not block the filters. Do not leave unwashed tanks overnight before cleaning.
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Pod-Stik: simply the best pod sealant available
Independent trials conducted by NDSM compared the yield differences of strip trials desiccated with glyphosate only and those treated with glyphosate plus one of six pod sealers. Using the variety Excalibur, crops treated with Pod-Stik yielded 0.5 tonnes per hectare more than untreated plots and 0.3 tonnes per hectare more than the next best performing pod sealer.
At £350/tonne, this saving is worth £175 per hectare.
The Cost Benefit of Pod-Stik
The seed saving needed to cover the cost of Pod-Stik is around 30kg/ha.
Potential yield saving from Pod-Stik application is on average 400kg/ha.
At £350/tonne this is worth £140/ha.
*Average results from nine independent trials