Cabbage stem flea beetle damage on OSR© Blackthorn Arable
Reducing cultivations, picking the best variety and delaying drilling could form part of the fight back for oilseed rape growers against cabbage stem flea beetle attacks this autumn. With neonicotinoid seed treatments unlikely to be available next season, experts said there are ways of helping ensure growers do not see a repeat of last year’s crop devastation. About 5% of the oilseed rape crop planted last autumn was lost to flea beetle damage, with 1.5% redrilled, leaving 22,000ha ripped up […]