Cabbage stem flea beetle survey

Mike Abram

Member
BASE UK Member
Hi all

I know oilseed rape is a bit of a dirty word at the moment, and cabbage stem flea beetle even more so, but we are doing a survey to see if we can get a good picture of what tactics are being used to "combat" CSFB during both establishment and for the larval stage, and to see just what impact they are having. Hopefully the results will give some pointers about how to grow the crop successfully (or not as the case may be). We're interested to hear from anyone growing the crop this year (even if has unfortunately failed), even if you're considering not growing it again next year.

We've got a couple of excellent Sony noise-cancelling headphones to giveaway to a couple of lucky winners, plus around 20 Dekalb merchandise goodie bags for those that complete the survey. Obviously we will look to share the results directly with those that would like a report, plus more widely in the farming press.

So far we have around 150 responses, which is a great start, but would be fantastic to increase that further to get as good a picture as possible!

If you're interested you can find the survey here: https://cropscience.bayer.co.uk/blog/articles/2020/03/cabbage-stem-flea-beetle-management-survey/

Thanks in advance for anyone willing to help!

Mike Abram
PR & Communications Manager, Bayer
 

Hampton

Member
BASIS
Location
Shropshire
Done

One question you didn't ask - what will you sow with osr next year? More, less or stop growing it altogether. I intend to halve my area & I know at least 2 neighbours who are dropping it altogether.
It thought that too.
Also, it didn’t mention how the poor crops have been doubly harmed by pigeon damage and the extreme wet which seems to have been a perfect storm this year.
 

Mike Abram

Member
BASE UK Member
Ha! Thanks both - I appreciate you taking the time to respond and post the constructive feedback. It's a good point - perhaps we could and should have asked about cropping intentions next year (although we might not have liked the answer I suspect! :(). Re pigeons and wet - also a good point, but we wanted to try to and restrict it to CSFB - the survey is plenty long enough as it is, so as ever with all of these things it is a balance between asking everything and what you can realistically expect people to spend time doing.
 

D14

Member
Hi all

I know oilseed rape is a bit of a dirty word at the moment, and cabbage stem flea beetle even more so, but we are doing a survey to see if we can get a good picture of what tactics are being used to "combat" CSFB during both establishment and for the larval stage, and to see just what impact they are having. Hopefully the results will give some pointers about how to grow the crop successfully (or not as the case may be). We're interested to hear from anyone growing the crop this year (even if has unfortunately failed), even if you're considering not growing it again next year.

We've got a couple of excellent Sony noise-cancelling headphones to giveaway to a couple of lucky winners, plus around 20 Dekalb merchandise goodie bags for those that complete the survey. Obviously we will look to share the results directly with those that would like a report, plus more widely in the farming press.

So far we have around 150 responses, which is a great start, but would be fantastic to increase that further to get as good a picture as possible!

If you're interested you can find the survey here: https://cropscience.bayer.co.uk/blog/articles/2020/03/cabbage-stem-flea-beetle-management-survey/

Thanks in advance for anyone willing to help!

Mike Abram
PR & Communications Manager, Bayer

Cant access it I'm afraid. I keep getting a browser messages saying the site is dangerous and will remove private information. I've never seen this message before on anything else either.
 

D14

Member
That's a bit weird D14. I'm 99.99% certain our site is neither dangerous nor will remove private information. At least they haven't told me it will anyway! Have you had that on any other pages on our website or just this one? You could try the survey direct link and see if that works? https://bayerag.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_24BFUe9vwZSKtUh

I've never seen a message like it before. It says and I quote 'This website may be impersonating crop science.bayer.co.uk to steal your personal or financial information. You should go back to the previous page'. The direct link does work though.
 

Mike Abram

Member
BASE UK Member
OK - thanks for the feedback. It doesn't come up when I click on it, but who knows with technology why things like that happen! I'll pass that onto the IT department and see if they have an explanation. Glad the direct link works in the meantime!
 

D14

Member
OK - thanks for the feedback. It doesn't come up when I click on it, but who knows with technology why things like that happen! I'll pass that onto the IT department and see if they have an explanation. Glad the direct link works in the meantime!

Done it but you've got a glitch. On the last page where its a score from 0 - 10. When you submit it it won't accept the number zero.
 

Mike Abram

Member
BASE UK Member
OK - we'll bear that in mind when analysing the results - effectively anything rated 0 or 1 is pretty unacceptable so in reality probably not to much of a problem in interpreting the results. Thanks for the feedback!
 

PSQ

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Scottish Borders
At the questions for soil moisture at establishment the options run from (1) 'dry' to (4) 'adequate', it would have been preferable to have had an option for 'too wet and cold' especially for the later plantings.

TBH, a lot of this years problems were caused by a combination of cold wet soils with plants that just didn't show any vigour whatsoever, which was compounded by CSFB as a secondary factor which finished of struggling 'runty' plants barely into rough leaf.
CSFB was NOT the primary factor to plant mortality (not in the south of Scotland anyway) but it was the 'coup de grace'.
 

Jo28

Member
Location
East Yorks
My problem is not lack of plants it's lack of any umph to get going. For me if all my osr does appallingly badly at harvest it will be it's last year this year. Can't afford to get this stage thinking the crop is ok, spend all the money apart from 1 spray and then for it not to grow in the spring.
 
Done. I’ve written off another 6.2ha today that looked ok two weeks ago. Drastically reducing area this year, if not completely getting rid out of rotation. Anything that got bitten at establishment had all vigour extracted!
 

texelburger

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Herefordshire
I think it may be our last year too.From drilling to harvest there is a constant battle against csfb,pigeons and slugs.I think life would be easier growing another break crop that is more consistent even if there is less potential profit.
 

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

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