Monthly Archives: October 2015

Pest of the week – Wheat Bulb Fly

Wheat Bulb Fly, Delia coarctata, lays its eggs in exposed soil in July and August. The eggs will then hatch the following year, between January and March. After the eggs have hatched, the larvae move through the soil and bore into the base of cereal plants, feeding on the central shoot. This causes a ‘dead […]

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Pest of the week – Take-all

Take-all (Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritici) is a soil borne disease affecting wheat, barley, rye and triticale. Estimations suggest that half of the UK wheat crop is affected, and yield losses can be as high as 20%. In severe cases, up to 50% of the crop can be lost. The cost to farmers is hard to […]

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