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‘Enormous jump’ in CSFB numbers

As much as 11 per cent of the 2018/2019 winter oilseed rape crop could be lost to cabbage stem flea beetle, according to a survey carried out by the Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC).

Presenting the findings at the AICC annual technical conference in Towcester, Peter Griffith of Farming Online said:

 

“This includes losses that have already been reported this season, at 3-4 per cent, and the further damage we expect to see.”


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The prediction was made using data that covers 25 per cent of crop in the ground in England.

The South West of England was worst hit, with flea beetle activity already noted in 82 per cent of crops, followed closely by the eastern counties which saw 78 per cent of WOSR being effected by the pest. In total, three-quarters of England’s crop already showed evidence of damage to CSFB.

The South West of England was worst hit, with flea beetle activity already noted in 82 per cent of crops, followed closely by the eastern counties which saw 78 per cent of WOSR being effected by the pest. In total, three-quarters of England’s crop already showed evidence of damage to CSFB.

 

Comparing data to 2016, Mr Griffith said this was an ‘enormous jump’ in numbers for the pest.

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