Monthly Archives: August 2015

Pest of the week – Slugs

Slugs are a widespread pest that can cause damage to most crops year round navigate to this site. There are 3 key species of slug; Grey field slugs (Deroceras reticulatum & other Deroceras spp.), Garden slugs (Arion hortensis & Arion distinctus) and Keeled slugs (Milax, Tandonia & Boettgerilla spp.). Both cultural and chemical control is […]

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Oil radish cover crops

An oil radish cover crop can be used to benefit the soil in several ways. The benefits gained depend on the variety of oil radish used; -Standard Crop Oil Radish acts as a nitrogen catcher, has rapid growth, is club root resistant and frost resistant to -6°C. -Single Nematode Species Resistant Oil Radish has the […]

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Slug control this autumn

The use up date for all methiocarb slug pellets is the 18th September, meaning only 2 active ingredients, metaldehyde and ferric phosphate, remain for slug control. Enzo 3 slug pellets offer a high quality, persistent and palatable metaldehyde based bait. The uniform size and density provide excellent spreading and ballistic characteristics leading to the optimum […]

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Biofumigant mustard

Biofumigation is the suppression of various soil borne pests and diseases by naturally occurring compounds. Certain plants, including mustards, produce isothiocyanate (ITC), a natural gas, released from plant tissues. It is believed that this mechanism was originally developed by the plant as a defence against sucking and chewing insects, but over time many of the […]

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Pest of the week – Cabbage White Butterfly

The cabbage white butterfly comes in two sizes the small white (Pieris rapae) and the large white (Pieris brassicae). This species is responsible for widespread damage to many vegetable crops, particularly brassicas. The photo of the eggs below was taken earlier this week on a Brussels Sprout plant, within several days these will hatch into […]

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Acquire – Water Conditioner

ACQUIRE water conditioner now available in 1000lt IBC’s!  Although popular in 3lt and 200lt containers, Boothmans Agriculture have responded to farmer demand by producing 1000lt IBC’s of their most popular water conditioner ACQUIRE. This new larger pack size is capable of water conditioning a massive 285,000lt of the hardest spray water the UK has to […]

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Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments

The devastating effect that cabbage stem flea beetle can have on oilseed rape crops is widely known. The ban on neonicotinoid seed treatments, introduced in 2013, has since caused problems for farmers across the EU. The devastation seen during the 2014/2015 season prompted a request from the NFU to try and make neonicotinoid treated rapeseed […]

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Spider Mite in Potatoes

  Last week saw us find a rare and often unnoticed pest, but by no means one that should be ignored. A farmer called asking for an opinion on what he thought was potato late blight. The area in concern showed similar symptoms from a distance, on a piece of headland that could potentially have […]

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Sugar beet leaf miner

The damage caused to sugar beet by leaf miner is easy to spot when driving around the east of England. The Mangold Fly is the adult of the leaf miner larva, and lays its eggs on the underside of sugar beet leaves. The larvae then burrow into the leaf to feed, causing the dead patches […]

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