Watch out for pea and bean seedling pests, says Processors and Growers Research Organisation

Pea and bean weevils have become very active in the last week, and peas and spring beans that have been slow to develop will be targeted over the next week or two, Becky Ward, senior technical officer for the Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) has warned.

"Early treatment with a pyrethroid insecticide is recommended to disrupt egg laying and allow the seedlings to grow away. Some winter beans that have been developing slowly have also shown reasonably high levels of damage," she said.

"There have been a few reports of thrips damage to peas particularly on the stony soil types. Early treatment with a pyrethroid insecticide is also recommended where peas are just emerging and thrips can be found within the enclosed shoots."

Ward advised growers to refer to PGRO Technical Update 164 (Pea and Bean Weevil) and 163 (Field Thrips in Peas and Beans), both of which are available for download from the PGRO website www.pgro.org.

"Pigeons continue to be a problem and regular movement of scaring devices will be necessary to reduce the birds' familiarity," she added.

 

 


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