Impact of the Second Year of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatment Restrictions.
The Scottish Government today publishes the results of a survey of Scottish winter oilseed rape cultivation in 2015/16.
This survey was conducted by staff at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) to inform the Scottish Government about the impact of the EU restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments on Scottish oilseed rape cultivation.
Data were collected from a sample of Scottish farmers collectively growing 18 per cent of the 2016 winter oilseed rape crop. This report corroborates the findings of the previous survey; that the neonicotinoid restrictions have introduced additional challenges for some Scottish growers but the evidence to date suggests that the impact of the restrictions is less severe in Scotland than in other regions of the UK.
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This report is the second in a series of two surveys which were conducted to inform the Scottish Government about the impact of the EU restrictions on the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam) on Scottish winter oilseed rape cultivation.