Club root in oilseed rape© David Jones/RBI
When clubroot hit Tim Care’s farm his oilseed rape yields halved and he had to work out a strategy to cope with this damaging soil-borne disease. Yields dropped sharply to a little over 2.5t/ha in his worst infected fields, which had grown rapeseed every other year over the last two decades on his Northamptonshire farm. Warmer and wetter weather along with tighter rotation of brassica crops, such as oilseed rape, have seen an upsurge in the disease across the country, […]