Oilseed rape growers in the heart of cabbage stem flea beetle hotbed counties Suffolk and Cambridgeshire are seeing severe pest damage, with freshly established crops struggling to cope. With insecticide resistance rising and migration peaking this week, the only respite from the onslaught of attacks lies with small areas of rapeseed treated with neonicotinoid seed dressings. Suffolk farm manager Steven Offord is growing two conventional varieties treated with a neonic insecticide seed treatment alongside an untreated hybrid variety. “The difference between the crops is […]