Protect your OSR yield from the start for the best possible finish

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Check your oilseed rape leaves for disease

A Bayer survey of growers last spring highlighted just how tough it is to identify early stage light leaf spot. Couple that with light leaf spot now being the number one disease threat for growers – in some seasons it can cost up to £160m – and the need to treat it preventatively for best control, and the need for a service to help growers identify it is clear. And that’s what Bayer, in collaboration with ADAS and AICC, is offering with SpotCheck. To learn more read here.

You can also find out much more about light leaf spot, how it spreads and how to control it but visiting our disease management in oilseed rape section here.

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Crop Focus Local Agronomy Insights

Each month our technical team around the country are providing insight into what you should be looking for in your crops, and what’s happening in your region. Find out about the latest disease and pest control challenges in oilseed rape in your area

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Watch out for Phoma

The wet last summer and early autumn is creating ideal conditions for Phoma to raise its head this autumn. Read the latest advice here.

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#FitFastStrong tweets prove popular and educational

The lure of a stylish #FitFastStrong T-shirt proved powerful, as growers from all over the country shared their oilseed rape tips for how to get crops off to a fit, fast and strong start. Here’s a round up of some of the best.

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Don't let TuYV-carrying aphids damage your yields

Peach-potato aphids (Myzus persicae) are the main carriers of turnip yellows virus (TuYV) onto OSR crops and AHDB monitoring suggests up to 72% of aphids are infected, meaning even small numbers of aphids can spread the virus widely. Young OSR plants are particularly vulnerable and AHDB estimates average yield losses from the virus of 15%, but these can be as high as 30%. Signing up to the AHDB ‘Aphid News’ email bulletins on Myzus persicae is a great way to keep informed of any aphid migrations.

AHDB monitoring also shows the UK field populations of Myzus persicae have very high levels of MACE and super-kdr resistance meaning carbamates and pyrethroids will be ineffective. Biscaya controls MACE and super-kdr resistant aphids so is ideal for your first spray in the autumn as soon as you see aphids colonising. Its fast knockdown activity means it stops aphids quickly, reducing the chance of infection being spread, with protection for up to 2 weeks.

Have you been vigilant against OSR's 'hidden yield robber'? Find out here

For more information visit our Biscaya page.

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