All articles about 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

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…

FARM MAINTENANCE

A guide to kit for controlling rats, mice and squirrels

If there’s one thing the world will never be rid of, it’s mice and rats. These sneaky rodents have been around for 160 million years and both farmers and pest…

LIVESTOCK

Top control methods for maize pests, diseases and weeds

Pests, weeds and disease in maize crops can severely reduce yield and quality. Neil Groom, technical director for maize seed supplier Grainseed looks at the eight biggest threats to the…

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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…

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…

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…

ARABLE

Potato cyst nematode: Six ways to reduce pest numbers

Extending the rotation, using biofumigant cropping, and longer term planning are just some of the new fronts a large-scale potato grower has opened up in the all-out war he is…

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Case studies

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…

PEST MANAGEMENT

The best cultivation techniques to cut slug damage

Ploughing and minimal tillage are proving the best cultivation techniques compared with no-tillage for controlling slugs on one Leicestershire farm. Sally Morris, agronomist at advisory group Hutchinsons, explains how research…

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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

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…

PEST MANAGEMENT

How a neonic ban will affect beet and cereal growers

Sugar beet yields could be slashed by up to 30% if a total ban on neonicotinoid seed treatments is implemented, experts believe, as forgotten diseases reappear in Britain’s fields. Alan…

ARABLE

Natural predators have key role in killing resistant aphids

Natural predators could have a vital role in controlling insecticide-resistant peach potato aphids, with new research suggesting they are more susceptible to attack than those without the mutation. Pyrethroid resistance…

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News

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Farmers offered cash to join water quality scheme

A water company is offering farmers financial rewards and expert support to join a scheme aiming to reduce metaldehyde levels. Severn Trent launched the Farm to Tap scheme on Monday…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Learning disease lessons as harvest kicks off

Harvest has already arrived for some winter barley crops on light land and our agronomists are looking at the lessons for next season. One factor that our agronomist agree on…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Cereals 2018: Pest and disease forecasting service launched

Farmers can get a glimpse of a pest and disease forecast service set to be launched in autumn 2019, offering a 10-day prediction of key pests and diseases. A prototype…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Benefits of no-tillage to be revealed at Groundswell

The financial benefits of no-tillage farming are set to be outlined by agricultural accountant Gary Markham later this month. They will show that clear savings can be made in agrochemicals,…

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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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