Suffolk grower Steven Offord is set to increase his oilseed rape area by 10% this summer, even if he can’t use a neonicotinoid seed dressing to fight off dreaded cabbage stem flea beetle attacks. He is currently growing neonic-treated and untreated crops, which both took a pounding from flea beetles. Untreated crops looked particularly bad, but by this spring have recovered. Although his farm is in a hotspot area for flea beetle damage, Mr Offord is “cautiously optimistic” about the […]