“The number of aphids detected in 2019 reached record levels” says Dr Simon Bowen of BBRO. “That was the first year of growing crops without the seed treatments that help protect crops against virus-carrying aphids”
Simon is keen to talk about the BBRO research that helped sugar beet farmers deal with the aphids and the potential for virus epidemic, as well as the increasingly unpredictable weather conditions. Seeing the opportunity to provide their knowledge to the wider farming community, the company is sponsoring this year’s Virtual Innovation Hub.
The importance of discussion at this point is paramount, as the aphid problem is not going away: “Unfortunately, it looks like 2020 is going to be another record year for aphids and test our control strategies even more thoroughly”, Simon points out.