Pea aphids, when to spray or not.

Michael S

Arable Farmer
Matching Green
In common with others I am getting less keen on the use of insecticides. My independent agronomist of 30 odd years is keen for me to apply an insecticide mix for the control of aphids in my peas. For those who have given up insecticide spraying is it just a case of "sucking up" the pain in the early years of no insecticides or should I treat. The planned cropping after peas is two years herbage seed followed by two wheats.


Now the weathers turned aphid numbers have crashed but I had to spray last week in all the peas I look after. I'd disagree with Neddy, pea aphids are easy to find if you know where to look hiding in the flower buds and top leaves. I've only ever let aphids get out of hand once in peas - and never again will I miss an insecticide if the weather is set fair and they're in the corp. They make a hell of a mess.

Speculative coverage on the gene editing consultation response

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Speculative coverage on the gene editing consultation response

Written by Defra Press Office


There has been coverage today in the I and the Guardian, reporting on speculation around the upcoming government response to the recent Gene Editing consultation, which closed on 17th March.

A full government response, which will include a thorough analysis and summary of the responses to the consultation and which will set out our next steps, will be published in due course.

Gene editing has the ability to harness the genetic resources that mother nature has provided, such as breeding...