DD Drill and SLUGS

Drillman

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Mixed Farmer
I’m maybe not the right person to comment as we’re still largely a max till farm

but I have realised that slug pellets are nothing more than a fire brigade job and it’s better to get a firm level seedbed rather than rely on a chemical to fix a problem that’s best avoided in the first place.
 

Humble Village Farmer

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BASE UK Member
I dont get this idea of letting slugs eat covers instead of a crop, to me all that does is encourage the buggers to breed even more so create more problems down the linr
It depends if there's anything to eat the slugs.

When we first started, we had disastrous slug damage. Of course rape and wheat were grown with neonicotinoids then. I remember looking at some ww dd into rape volunteers and each rape leaf had 5 to 10 slugs on. That was 9 years ago and we lost some of that crop.

Same field this year, also wheat DD into a clovery mix intended as a green mulch. I knew there were loads of slugs in the clover so pre slugged it with 2kg per ha of sluxx.

Thought I would see how bad it was a week or so after drilling I popped down there expecting to find the worst, but all I could find was loads of centipedes (plus the odd slug of course).

Hoping against hope I looked up "what do centipedes eat" and the answer came back - slugs and slug eggs.

It's had no pellets since and the wheat is green - quite an achievement for me.

So in conclusion, I think we have been killing all our slugivores with insecticide. If you trained the slugs to eat a bit of Redigo deter first, they would then poison your beetles or in my case, centipedes.

Obviously I wouldn't like to guarantee this will happen every time but it's quite encouraging.

On balance, I reckon we still have more slugs than our cultivating neighbours but more earthworms too.
 

robs1

Member
It depends if there's anything to eat the slugs.

When we first started, we had disastrous slug damage. Of course rape and wheat were grown with neonicotinoids then. I remember looking at some ww dd into rape volunteers and each rape leaf had 5 to 10 slugs on. That was 9 years ago and we lost some of that crop.

Same field this year, also wheat DD into a clovery mix intended as a green mulch. I knew there were loads of slugs in the clover so pre slugged it with 2kg per ha of sluxx.

Thought I would see how bad it was a week or so after drilling I popped down there expecting to find the worst, but all I could find was loads of centipedes (plus the odd slug of course).

Hoping against hope I looked up "what do centipedes eat" and the answer came back - slugs and slug eggs.

It's had no pellets since and the wheat is green - quite an achievement for me.

So in conclusion, I think we have been killing all our slugivores with insecticide. If you trained the slugs to eat a bit of Redigo deter first, they would then poison your beetles or in my case, centipedes.

Obviously I wouldn't like to guarantee this will happen every time but it's quite encouraging.

On balance, I reckon we still have more slugs than our cultivating neighbours but more earthworms too.
We've not used any pellets since 2011/12 the year we went full dd, they all drowned during that horrendous winter, see a tiny bit of leaf striping but we havent grown rape since 2012 either nor used any insecticide gave up deter treated seed in 2018, hopefully the good guys will continue to work for me
 

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