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

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Tips on growing cereals without neonic seed treatments

Different management strategies will have to be considered if the barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) threat is going to be contained this autumn, agronomists say. Following the loss of neonicotinoid…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How new insecticide for virus yellows will help beet growers

An emergency authorisation for foliar insecticide Biscaya (thiacloprid) use in sugar beet is expected to be published this month, bolstering virus yellows control options this summer. Without neonicotinoid insecticide seed…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Tips on managing blossom midge in wheat

Both the orange and lemon species of wheat blossom midge were found in crops at susceptible growth stages last year, leading to localised economic damage.  However, ADAS entomologist Steve Ellis…

CROP MANAGEMENT

6 areas to improve sprayer operator efficiency

In order to hit crucial spray timings and ensure inputs work as effectively as possible, spray operators need to maximise their time spent in the field on good spraying days.…

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Case studies

POTATOES

Potato grower uses new nematocide to tackle PCN in salad crops

A new liquid nematocide product is giving a Norfolk potato company the option to tackle potato cyst nematode (PCN) levels in its salad potato crops for the first time. Holkham…

PULSES

How to hit quality specs with marrowfat peas

Growing a profitable crop of marrowfat peas requires complete attention to detail, from seed-bed formation to harvest, as getting it wrong can lead to disappointing yields and loss of valuable…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Young agronomist tackles BYDV and fungicide costs

Using companion crops to tackle the phosphate problem in chalky soils and growing barley yellow dwarf virus-tolerant barley varieties in disease hotspots are some of novel solutions being trialled by…

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…

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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

OILSEED RAPE

Defoliation reduces flea beetle larvae numbers by 61%

An on-farm trial of defoliation methods in West Sussex has reduced cabbage stem flea beetle larvae numbers by up to 61% this spring. Larvae numbers in grower Paul Helyer’s oilseed…

MAIZE

Why drilling maize deeper and later could be future trend

Drilling maize later and up to depths of 7cm could be a useful strategy in light of two likely seed treatment reviews. Maize growers are preparing in earnest for the…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Farmers and researchers test ways to tackle flea beetle

Farmers and researchers are busy testing new ways to tackle cabbage stem flea beetle larvae in rapeseed this winter, as the pest threatens the crop's viability on some farms. Flea…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How farmers can help prevent 'mass extinction' of pollinators

Arable farming needs to change in order to halt declines in biodiversity and prevent one of the worst mass extinction events in history, a leading US entomologist has warned. Bold…

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News

PEST MANAGEMENT

LaserFence beams light to stop birds attacking crops

Agrilaser is a novel light technology that has been developed by Bird Control Group (BCG) to help farmers keep crop-damaging birds away from healthy crops. The Life Laser Fence project…

CROP WATCH

Spud Watch: Focus moves to blight and aphid control

At the time of writing, the last seed crops are being planted on the Yorkshire Wolds. The first planted ware crops are fully emerged, although cool night-time temperatures have held…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Growth regulation in barley and leaf wax warning

Fungicide sprays have gone on in good time, and even in Scotland there have been few unsuitable spray days, with disease largely being suppressed in cereals. However, recent rains have…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Emergency authorisation for sugar beet aphicide

Growers are being urged to monitor sugar beet crops for peach-potato aphids after special permission was granted to prevent virus yellows infection. The 120-day emergency authorisation for the use of…

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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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