Forage brassica crops are highly susceptible to a number of yield damaging pests. A robust insecticide programme is therefore required from establishment through to harvest to ensure the yield of the crop is protected.
Fortunately there are a number of good insecticide options available for protecting your crops and to get the best from all of them they need to be applied at the first signs of damage. Monitoring is therefore a key requirement for good insect control, so appropriate action can be taken when required.
A new development in forage brassica pest control is Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and is used to describe the adoption of control practices other than just chemicals to manage insect pests.
One of the key elements of IPM is to utilise beneficial insects to help keep crop damaging pest under control. Recent introduction of a number of very effective, IPM compatible insecticides now allows farmers to adopt an IPM based insect control programme for their forage brassica crops.