Horticultural Development Company (HDC) bulletins on field vegetable pests are now available through Syngenta's UK website.
Running throughout the key periods of pest activity, the HDC Pest Bulletins are produced in association with Warwick University and Rothamsted Research and use weather data collected by Plantsystems.
Crops and pests covered include:
- Brassicas Cabbage Root Fly; Aphids; Caterpillars; Pollen Beetle
- Carrots & Parsnips Carrot Fly; Aphids; Cutworm
- Leeks & Onions Thrips; Cutworm; Bean Seed Fly; Leek Moth
- Lettuce Aphids; Caterpillars; Cutworm
The alerts link into the Syngenta Agricast weather information and other disease forecasting services, such as BrassicaAlert.
Syngenta field vegetable technical manager Ian Holmes said: "With beneficial predatory insect numbers also low at the moment, growers can expect to see a rapid initial build-up of pests when conditions warm up through the season - which is likely to coincide with crop development from spring sowings."