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Aphid risk for winter cereals

24 April 2020

Look for aphids on leaves on warm sunny days and consider an aphicide if aphid colonies can be found on 50% of plants.  Aphids are probably not going to start flying into crops until late April or early May, but when we have a warm sunny day that is not too windy aphid flights may occur.  Be aware that there could be aphids on crops that have survived the winter.  If you are seeing ladybirds or hoverflies in crops then hold off on any aphicides, as these specialist aphid predators will do a good job of mopping up aphids.  Check crops again a few days later and if aphids are still on 50% of plants then consider the aphicide option.  Speak to your agronomist or agricultural consultant for specific guidance on suitable products.

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