Dockens get a bad rep but they are a part of the farmed landscape here whether we like it or not. I caught up with David Laughlin on keeping ahead of them in an organic farming system and the good things they bring to the party...
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Spotted these guys doing some dock control
That’s was super interesting. I just discovered a huge number of the green beetle the other day and they had decimated an area, which last year was total coverage in the field. I had sprayed Doxstar and a foliar nitrogen product but they survived in incredible numbers. Don’t know if it was weather conditions this year or the fact the crop was let to grow to seed and they where more sheltered in a way. I was very excited to see the work they had done as the chemical spray had not caught enough but they did the rest of the work for me.