Beetle watch urged for early rape

KEEP AN EYE out for pests on fast emerging oil seed rape crops growers are being warned.

“Don‘t just drill and shut the gate – with oilseed rape establishing rapidly, it will be easy to miss the signs of damage by adult cabbage stem flea beetles at the early growth stages from germination to three or four true leaves” said Dave Marris of BASF.

“It is important to control the pests as they come out of summer hibernation before they damage leaves and lay eggs in the young crop.”

Mr Marris suggested applying an approved pyrethroid insecticide, such as Contest (alpha-cypermethrin), as soon as adult grazing damage is seen on the leaves. 

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