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EU neonic ban boosts UK insecticide sprays and costs

Restrictions placed in the EU on the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments led to a 2.5-fold increase in the use of insecticide sprays in the winter oil seed rape crop in the UK in 2014, says a study by UK farming research consortium Rural Business Research (RRB). The sprays consisted of nearly 34 tonnes of active ingredient, mostly pyrethroids, for the control of cabbage stem flea beetles (CSFB - Psylliodes chrysocephala). The area under oilseed rape is estimated to have fallen 8% to 577,000 ha compared with the previous year.

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