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A dry summer, followed by a warm September, will give OSR growers a clearer indication of potential risks from cabbage stem flea beetle this autumn. But open autumn conditions and milder temperatures through winter will influence larvae numbers, and potential impacts on yields.
Last autumn’s difficult establishment and high cabbage stem flea beetle pressure saw significant crop failure for most of the iOSR grower group. While remaining crops look healthy, what will be the impact of the losses?
With Sclerotinia posing a potentially devastating threat to oilseed rape growers, farmers are being advised to adapt their fungicide programmes to ensure protection throughout the flowering period, and to choose products with additional benefits, such as green leaf retention.