The first season growing oilseed rape without the systemic protection from neonicotinoid seed treatments clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam has probably been one to forget for many growers. Although crops in some areas escaped the ravages of cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) and aphid attack relatively unscathed, there are numerous examples of severe crop damage or entire write-offs in hotspot areas such as Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. See also: Backward oilseed rape crops suffer flea beetle larvae attacks While neonicotinoids offered protection […]