Cabbage stem flea beetleCabbage stem flea beetle © Oli Hill
Urgent research is needed to help develop new ways of controlling cabbage stem flea beetle in oilseed rape, a leading scientist has warned. “The pace at which pesticides are being restricted is much faster than the speed at which alternatives are being developed,” says Toby Bruce, professor of entomology at Rothamsted Research, Hertfordshire. “Farmers are being caught in the middle.” Prof Bruce’s warning comes as growers battle to establish oilseed rape crops for the third season running without access to […]