PGRO meeting to discuss the latest control methods for bruchid beetle.

Broad bean and field bean growers are invited to discuss, and find out more about, the latest control strategies for the bruchid beetle at a meeting that is being held by the Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO).

The meeting, which is taking place on December 2, marks the end of a four-year research project that looked into ways in which populations of the crop pest could be controlled by using monitoring and forecasting data.

The project was a collaboration between several organisations, including PGRO, Rothamsted Research, Syngenta, Frontier Agriculture and insect monitoring specilast Oecus.

It successfully led to the development of BruchidCast – an agronomy tool that is now available to bean growers through Syngenta’s website.

The tool was designed to aid growers’ timing of insecticide applications by giving them advanced warning of periods of peak pest activity.

The research also saw the development of a network of monitoring sites that are managed by PGRO and used to collect useful data for the BruchidCast service.

Current and new field bean growers are invited to the meeting – the venue for which will be announced next month (November).

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