Cabbage stem flea beetle. A tiny little beetle that has singlehandedly almost halved the oilseed rape area in the UK.
Yet the ingenuity of growers around the country is starting a fightback. Plans have been put in place. New techniques are being tried every year. And research is starting to make potential breakthroughs.
This survey aims to find out where we are now in tackling cabbage stem flea beetle on farm. Which of the many techniques are proving valuable in practice? Are you winning the battle against the adult beetle? Or are the larvae a nasty surprise in the spring? Spend around 10-15 minutes of your time completing this survey, and we will enter you into a prize draw for the chance to win one of two award-winning Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling wireless headphones with Amazon Alexa and 20 runners-up prizes of quality DEKALB merchandise! (Terms & Conditions apply).
If you sign up at the end of the survey, we will also send you a summary of the main findings to help you fine-tune your own OSR management in future seasons.
Click here to take part in the survey, let's beat the beetle together!
Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle has become an enterprise-threatening problem with serious rotational consequences. Made worse by agrochemical withdrawals and increasingly resistant populations, it is spreading across the country with few signs of rapid resolution.
Marked differences between OSR lines in both their attractiveness to adult flea beetle grazing and their ability to support larval development have been identified in a concerted John Innes Centre programme funded by AHDB, BBSRC and industry.
Varieties that develop more rapidly in the autumn and earlier in the spring seem able to substantially reduce damage from cabbage stem flea beetle larvae as well as adults, according to the latest variety trials Agrii.