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Pests in soft fruits, May 2019

2 May 2019

Pests are beginning to appear on strawberries. Aphids have already been seen on strawberries outdoors and in polytunnels. Crops should be checked for pests and any treatments applied before flowering. Slugs will also be a potential problem this season.
Growth splits in raspberry canes are prime egg-laying sites for cane midge. Check these splits for any sign of eggs, and apply an insecticide to target the adult midge before further egg-laying can occur. Note that chlorpyrifos products are now no longer available, and options are limited.

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