Field Lab – Controlling Leatherjackets
St Andrew's, Fife, 7th November 2017
Leatherjackets can be a devastating crop pest, and ‘Dursban’, the chemical that was used to control them, is now banned.
This field lab is exploring alternative management approaches including physical control at different lifecycle stages (e.g. rolling, early ploughing, harrowing).
Hear first-hand from an organic farmer who has been battling with Leatherjackets for years and has been fine-tuning his methods to reduce their numbers.
Dr Andy Evans from SRUC will join us to talk about the life cycle of Leatherjackets and share his extensive research into pest management in arable crops.
Followed by a complimentary lunch.
Why not join us for another Field Lab the same day at a nearby farm from 1.30–4pm looking into Cultivating Soil Health through minimum tillage and companion cropping.
Funding for this activity is made available through the SRDP Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (which is jointly funded by the Scottish Government and the European Union), with partner funding from Quality Meat Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Innovative Farmers and The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation