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These photos are of a few rapeseed plants in the first stages of growth and on the whole the crops are looking great. Pest control is key at this stage, the crop is so vulnerable and it only takes the smallest of nibbles to loose the plant completely. The obvious ones are pigeons and rabbits but the slightly more elusive pests are slugs and beetles. The two middle photos show the damage these guys do (left/mid photo is a slug and right/mid photo is a beetle). The bottom photo is a slug trap, these give me an idea of how many slugs are in the field. I can then make a decision of what to do next based on that information. As you may have guessed the top photo is a beauty! and having just planted more than 50 million seeds I hope to find many more! 

 

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