Four questions that will help with your approach to flea beetle scouting and risk assessment.
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Canola Watch quiz – Flea beetle theme
Further reading: 9 steps to make the right flea beetle spray decision Canola Encyclopedia chapter on flea beetles PPMN blog on flea beetles
Some flea beetle feeding is OK
Flea beetles damage canola by feeding on stems, cotyledons and young true leaves. Please read updated articles on flea beetles, including: Canola Encyclopedia chapter on flea beetles – which describes the insect and provides management tips.How to assess leaf area loss from flea beetlesHow to make the flea beetle spray decision Crucifer flea beetle on…
Reader question: Will plants survive flea beetle stem feeding?
A Canola Watch reader emailed this question: I have been scouting a lot of canola fields and flea beetle stem feeding is evident. If flea beetles are just biting into the stem and not very deep, will the plants survive? How much of the stem needs to be gone before the plant is in danger…
PODCAST: Flea beetle behaviour
Jim Tansey and Keith Gabert join host Jay Whetter to talk about flea beetles – including how far they travel to find the first canola crops, major differences between striped and crucifer species, and how long the risk can last. Do you have any flea beetle questions? Send them in and we’ll try to answer…