Cultivation/Production, Europe, UK, Ireland, News April 2023

British potato growers warned to be on slug alert

Where crops have been planted into cloddy seedbeds, slug risk will be high and potato producers are urged to protect against the pest as soon as tubers reach golf ball size, according to a report by Farmers Guardian.

Growers have been battling wet soil conditions this spring, with the persistent rain through March and April limiting opportunities to get seed into the ground.

John Keer of Richard Austin Agriculture says some have tried to force progress, which has resulted in cloddy seedbeds on bodied soils. These can cause many unwanted effects on the crop throughout the season. The prevalence of clod and lack of finer tilth in these situations is going to increase slug pressure, says Mr Keer.

Source: Farmers Guardian. Read the full story here
Photo: Credit Farmers Guardian

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