Aphid on a leaf© Design Pics Inc/Rex/Shutterstock
Growers could be caught napping after aphids started to arrive in cereal and oilseed rape crops several weeks earlier than initially forecast. Delayed drilling of some spring cereals crops because of soggy soil conditions will likely result in later emergence, with seedlings facing a greater risk of aphid-transmitted diseases such as barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV). Meanwhile, oilseed rape growers and agronomists are reporting large numbers of mealy cabbage aphids in crops, particularly in the South West and Midlands. See also: Go early with wheat disease […]
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