Impressive yields, despite the flea beetle


Written by Charlotte Cunningham

OSR crops in Suffolk have yielded well, despite flea beetle pressures, according to crop protection firm, BASF. Charlotte Cunningham reports. InVigor varieties at the three BASF demonstration strip trials (DST) in East Anglia all yielded around 5t/ha, according to Andrew Smooker, BASF agronomy manager. “At Stonham, in Suffolk, adult and larval CSFB pressures were vast and yet still these varieties yielded over 5t/ha.” The Stonham trial was hit by CSFB virtually as soon as it emerged at the end of August last year. While it grew away from the adult feeding damage, CSFB did affect the plant population, added BASF’s, Matt Keane. “Out of winter into the spring, the plants seemed to get away alright, InV1140 is particularly fast out of the blocks in the spring but there was a lot of larval damage in all the varieties. “We sampled 25 plants per variety with ADAS and did larval counts in March where we found in the region of 80 larvae per plant. These larvae caused a real range of damage to the crop, taking the main stem out on a lot of plants, however by harvest time the plants looked more normal than I thought they might.” Bucking the…
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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...