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

Advice on using metaldehyde up safely before ban

Arable farmers are being urged to follow Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG) guidelines closely to avoid polluting water in the product’s last season of use. There is uncertainty about exactly how…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Tips on controlling BYDV in a high pressure autumn

Higher numbers of aphids combined with an earlier start to drilling and glyphosate shortages mean that the barley yellow dwarf virus risk could be higher this autumn. The virus, which…

LIVESTOCK

Video: How to take an integrated approach to rodent control

The best way to deal with rat infestations is not to have them in the first place. Waiting until you see rats running around the farm is too late. Every…

PEST MANAGEMENT

How to establish in-field flowering strips to manage pests

Tackling crop pests is increasingly challenging, with growing pesticide resistance and fewer active ingredients, which is why more farmers are looking to integrated pest management techniques such as flowering strips.…

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Case studies

WHEAT

Norfolk grower sees top yield from virus-resistant wheat

Norfolk grower Kit Papworth is able to drill the virus-resistant winter wheat Wolverine early in September and it has been his top-yielding variety for the past two seasons. Wolverine marks…

OILSEED RAPE

Two oilseed rape growers see success in flea beetle battle

More optimism is creeping into the oilseed rape world, with growers looking at direct drilling and using companion crops to cope with the twin threats of a lack of moisture…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Four OSR growers try different strategies to beat flea beetle

Despite its reputation for being a risky and expensive crop option, oilseed rape is currently enjoying better market prices and growing demand – but will that be enough to reverse…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Garlic-based nematicide shows promise for Yorks root grower

The control of free-living and root-knot nematodes is a problem for many vegetable growers, particularly as the mainstay nematicide Vydate (oxamyl) was withdrawn from use last December. Despite its loss,…

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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

4 slug pellet myths busted for better control

The withdrawal of metaldehyde means growers will soon only have ferric phosphate slug pellets to count on when managing this devastating pest. However, there are a number of myths on…

VARIETY SELECTION

Why demand is expected to be strong for virus-resistant wheat

Insecticide-free wheat has moved a step closer with the arrival of the hard Group 4 winter wheat variety Wolverine, which is the first to offer barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV)…

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News

PEST MANAGEMENT

OSR growers invited to help major flea beetle larvae trial

Oilseed rape growers are being asked to take part in a national effort to count cabbage stem flea beetle larval numbers. Researchers are hoping to understand which interventions are making…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Lead shot contamination in milling wheat ‘disappointing’

Flour millers have been left disappointed after finding lead shot contamination in milling wheat in cereal grains at intake. Trade association UK Flour Millers says it wants to raise awareness…

ARABLE

Orkney farmers deploy armed guards to keep geese off crops

Orkney farmers are hiring armed guards to tackle the destruction of their crops and grass by greylag geese. Farmers and crofters on the Scottish islands say they have had to…

ARABLE

UK research begins to develop flea beetle-resistant OSR

Research teams in the UK have received significant funding to develop new varieties of oilseed rape which are resistant to cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB). Scientists from the John Innes…

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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

LIVESTOCK

Video: How to take an integrated approach to rodent control

The best way to deal with rat infestations is not to have them in the first place. Waiting until you see rats running around the farm is too late. Every…

WHEAT

Video: Wolverine wheat looks good in BYDV battle

The first wheat variety with resistance to an important aphid-spread disease is showing a yield of more than 10t/ha in Kent, with some seed available for growers this autumn. The…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Video: Clever electronic bird scarer gets worldwide interest

Farmers are flocking to buy a bird scarer which uses fire alarms and flashing lights to keep pigeons off oilseed rape crops. More than 300 orders have been placed in…

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…

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