Russian pesticide applications rise in 2010
There was a 7.6% increase in the area treated with pesticides in Russia in 2010 to 73.2 million ha, according to a survey conducted by Russian market research company Agrostat. The results of the study have been published on Russian agricultural news website www.agroxxi.ru. Herbicides remained the dominant product category, with the area treated being 2.3 times the combined area of fungicide and insecticide applications. The area under cereals accounted for 72.9% of all pesticide applications. Over 65% of applications in cereals was of herbicides. They were followed by insecticides at 20.6% and fungicides at 12.8%. The seed treatment market continued to grow with over 4,522 million tonnes of seed treated in 2010. Over 40% of treated seeds were those of winter wheat.