Mild and wet conditions throughout most of this season have prompted an explosion in slug numbers that poses a real challenge for crop establishment this coming autumn. The threat is particularly strong for direct-drilling systems, where “trashy” seed-beds and lack of mechanical disturbance can provide a haven for slugs to lay eggs and thrive, says retired independent consultant David Glen. This means there is a potential for damage to crops being sown into that environment. “Slug damage is not an inevitable consequence of direct […]