Mangold fly intestations

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BBC Farming Today from week of 1st June 2015

Sugar beet growers are being alerted to leaf miner attacks in crops in some regions. According to the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO), there is evidence of leaf miner – the larvae of the mangold fly – activity particularly, although not exclusively, in the area around the Wash.

The Mangold fly can be prevented not by new varieties, not by chemicals (as we’ve heard on Radio 4 Farming Today, Mangold fly link)  they cannot do it but it can be done by changing soil conditions.  Richard Higgins, agricultural researcher and author of this web site offers consultancy on crop pest and disease prevention.    see latest ‘post’ entitled Mangold Fly in Sugar Beet

 contact Richard

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