Archive for February, 2010

Slugs

Slugs are a recent problem to us. Before the days of oilseed rape and when we were allowed to stubble burn we never had a problem with slugs,except the ones which used to eat the potatoes in the garden!

Recent changes in our crop establishment have shown that we may be able to reduce our slug problem without recourse to chemicals.

For the last two autumns we used a Simba DTX cultivator on some of the land and conventional plough and press on other. The land cultivated by the Simba had less of a slug problem than the ploughed land. This is only after two seasons so it is too soon to be certain  but we feel that the results look promising.

The early start to winter in November meant that the slugs dropped down to lower levels of the soil profile out of harms way earlier than in recent years. .

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