Theory to Field – Research to quash CSFB

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF It’s almost a decade since oilseed rape growers lost neonicotinoid seed treatments. CPM looks at some of the research into alternative solutions for mitigating the threat of cabbage stem flea beetle attack in the UK’s top break crop. Finding areas of the genome that control adult flea beetle feeding, and including them in commercial varieties, is the aim. By Adam Clarke A lot of column inches have been dedicated to the issues facing oilseed rape growers since 2013, when neonicotinoid seed treatments were banned in flowering crops across Europe. The ban created some emotive debate, with growers feeling helpless as they watched adult cabbage stem flea beetles (CSFB) ravage their newly planted crops each autumn. If seedlings were lucky enough to escape, larvae were the sting in the tail come spring, causing irrecoverable destruction of stems after significant sums had been spent on expensive inputs. Many called for neonicotinoids to return, while others reduced their area or abandoned the crop altogether as the stakes became far too high. However, with few profitable alternative break crops, many stuck with OSR and one positive from the mess has been the significant improvement in establishment practices, with crops now given the…
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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...