Oilseed rape in flower© Tim Scrivener
Cambridgeshire oilseed rape grower David Walston is very unlikely to use neonicotinoid-treated seed this summer despite being in a flea beetle pest hotspot. He will opt for companion cropping instead. After comparing the differences between treated and untreated crops, he believes using neonic-treated seed is not a guarantee to keep pests at bay and only has a small effect on flea beetle populations. The European Union banned the use of three neonicotinoids on flowering crops such as oilseed rape due […]