Spraying in autumn© Tim Scrivener
A lower barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) risk this season could cut cereal establishment costs by eliminating the need for a seed dressing. This could be the silver lining for growers in a season beset by wet weather, as the miserable conditions are suppressing the numbers of aphids which spread the damaging virus. Pest control specialist Alan Dewar says that most growers who are drilling cereals after the beginning of October will get away without a neonicotinoid seed dressing. See […]