1 September 1995

Midges frozen out

STRANGE as it may seem, this season was too cool and wet for wheat blossom midge to cause significant damage in most parts of the UK.

Conditions at ear emergence in early June did not favour the pest. Only crops in the south-west have suffered, with damage in untreated areas similar to that seen in the midges first year in East Anglia, when few growers sprayed, says ADAS.

Although the pest is "not quite finished", overwintering levels will be low in most areas, considerably reducing risk in 1996. &#42