Know How / Pest management

Find out about the main pest threats and how to control them in wheat, barley, oilseed rape, sugar beet and potato crops. Get advice on dealing with pests including flea beetle, TuYV, potato cyst nematode, slugs and rats, how and when to apply insecticides and what a permanent neonicotinoid ban would mean.

Advice and tips

PEST MANAGEMENT

Tips on killing slugs with ferric phosphate pellets

A Shropshire farmer has successfully switched from metaldehyde to ferric phosphate slug pellets without compromising slug control, as he looks to cut the risk of water pollution.  Doug McCowan farms…

VARIETY SELECTION

Three potato varieties show more tolerance to nematodes

Newer potato varieties such as Royal, Lanorma and Iodea are showing useful levels of resistance to the spud industry’s biggest pest problem, potato cyst nematode (PCN). Graham Tomalin, agronomist at…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Tips on managing BYDV without neonic seed treatments

The loss of neonicotinoid seed treatments means that cereal growers will be up against it when it comes to barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) control in the future, according to…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Top tips on tackling pests when establishing OSR

Pests are particularly troublesome during establishment, as small oilseed rape plants are very vulnerable to attack and severe infestations can wipe out parts of a field. All too often, oilseed…

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Archive

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Relentless flea beetles savage OSR crops

All our oilseed rape is drilled and growing away well, no doubt helped by good old farmyard manure. Using our "max till" system, we seemed to get a good emergence…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Kansas war on racoons and rabies

Over the years I have had a good deal of empathy for UK farmers regarding your badger problem. In Kansas we have our fair share of problems with wild animals,…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Leatherjackets obliterate OSR block

We are in the somewhat unusual situation of being caught up with the fieldwork. By that I don’t mean we are normally behind with our application timings, rather that we…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Pests and dry conditions write off OSR

Usually we wouldn’t have drilled anything in September. However, after a few years of delaying drilling until mid- to late October and subsequent average yields - albeit with reasonable blackgrass control…

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Case studies

OTHER CROPS

Why rye is the ideal second cereal on one Yorkshire farm

Maize tends to be the favoured crop for anaerobic digestion because it offers the highest dry matter yields. However, on the Yorkshire Wolds, hybrid rye is matching it when grown…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How one OSR grower is benefitting from companion crops

Companion cropping is helping to offset some of the risks associated with growing 120ha of winter oilseed rape on a Worcestershire farming estate. At the same time, it is supporting…

OILSEED RAPE

Kent grower sees top rapeseed yields without insecticides

Companion crops have allowed Kent grower Andy Barr to stop using insecticides on his oilseed rape despite being in a hot spot for cabbage stem flea beetle damage and without…

ARABLE

Farm’s self-imposed insecticide ban sees healthier crops

John Cherry has not used insecticides on his Hertfordshire farm for three years with no drop in yields as he has encouraged a host of natural predators to feed on…

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Community

ARABLE

Farmer Focus: Surprising slug problem after oats

With all but 25ha (62 acres) of winter beans left to drill, autumn drilling is all but complete. After lessons learnt from last year and rushing to get cereals drilled,…

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Insights

CROP MANAGEMENT

Key pesticide approval changes for barley and sugar beet

Pesticide approvals are constantly changing and the latest raft are set to affect farmers growing sugar beet and cereals for brewing and distilling. Highlights include more options for weed control…

VARIETY SELECTION

Three potato varieties show more tolerance to nematodes

Newer potato varieties such as Royal, Lanorma and Iodea are showing useful levels of resistance to the spud industry’s biggest pest problem, potato cyst nematode (PCN). Graham Tomalin, agronomist at…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Three product approvals set to benefit root crop growers

With many crop protection products under threat, it is welcome news that root crop growers are set to benefit from three new potential approvals over the next two years. Farmers…

FARM POLICY

Why growers must reduce reliance on pesticides

Growers are being urged to highlight the responsible approach they take to crop management – or face the prospect of further restrictions as the government pursues a “green” Brexit. The…

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News

WEED MANAGEMENT

Bayer chief hopes glyphosate use will continue in Europe

Bayer boss Liam Condon hopes the use of the world’s best-selling herbicide glyphosate will continue in Europe, whereas he is more certain of its future in North and South America.…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Flea beetles with suspected resistance to pyrethroids needed

Oilseed rape growers and agronomists are being asked to submit live samples of cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) to be tested for resistance to insecticides. Over the past few years,…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Updated pest guidance for cereals grown without neonics

Guidelines for insecticides have been updated to minimise the risk of resistance developing when relying on foliar sprays to control pests in cereals that were previously managed by neonicotinoid seed…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Farmers report severe flea beetle attacks in emerging OSR

Arable farmers across England are reporting severe infestations of cabbage stem flea beetle on emerging oilseed rape crops. The recent hot weather has triggered an explosion in flea beetle numbers…

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Test and reviews

MACHINERY

A guide to effective bird scaring kits for farmers

New technology for farmers with the age-old problem of scaring birds off crops are constantly hitting the market. From lasers, to acoustic systems, to inflatable scarecrows, to kites, we look…

MACHINERY

Eight of the best slug pelleters on test

We test eight of the best slug pelleters with the help of testing specialist SCS. The test KRM Stocks Techneat Spaldings Logic Bullock Verdict We tested the pelleters with the…

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Video

CROP MANAGEMENT

Video: How to properly set up a crop sprayer

Crop spraying is one of the most important and highly skilled jobs undertaken on any arable farm, but it is facing increased public scrutiny. This is why it is vital…

COVER CROPS

Video: Getting the best PCN control from biofumigant crops

Rapidly incorporating residue is vital to achieving effective control of potato cyst nematode when using a biofumigant crop. That is the latest message from AHDB Potatoes’ Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm…

ARABLE

Video: Ultimate guide to good slug pellet application

With the fate of metaldehyde in their hands, growers have one final winter to make sure the slug killer doesn’t contaminate watercourses. As a timely reminder, Oli Hill looks at best application…

ARABLE

Video: How to calibrate your slug pellet spreader

Slug pellets and the potential harm they can cause to watercourses is under intensifying scrutiny. Making sure pellet spreaders are properly set up will be vital to avoid breaching the…

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