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Wireworm Control using Fodder Rape and Mustard – evaluating the use of brassica green manures for the control of wireworm (Agriotes spp.) in organic crops

Frost, D; Clarke, A and McLean, B M L (2002) Wireworm Control using Fodder Rape and Mustard – evaluating the use of brassica green manures for the control of wireworm (Agriotes spp.) in organic crops. ADAS Pwllpeiran.

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In a field experiment at ADAS Pwllpeiran in 2001, brassica green manures were grown for 6 weeks and dug in before planting King Edward potatoes, to see if they suppressed wireworm in the crop. There was a trend for potatoes grown after mustard to suffer less damage from both wireworms and slugs than potatoes grown after fodder rape or no green manure, but the differences were not significant. Further trials, with longer green manuring periods, are needed to establish if there is a benefit, and whether the breakdown products of brassica green manures are toxic to wireworms.


EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:wireworm; mustard; Brassica nigra; Sinapis alba; fodder rape; potatoes; pest control
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Root crops
Research affiliation: UK > ADAS
Deposited By: Powell, Ms Jane
ID Code:10863
Deposited On:19 Jun 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:35
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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