Flea beetles, pollen beetles, oil seed rape and gardens
I was talking to a farmer this evening who said that next year he expects there to be a major reduction in the acreage of oil seed rape. With much less of the cultivated crop to act as a host, is it likely that next season, until a more balanced ecosystem is established, there could be infestations of flea beetles and pollen beetles on garden plants?
Agriculture is everywhere here where I am, so it's a side effect..
The upshot of this is that many more farmers will choose not to grow oil seed rape next year - the acreage has been slightly falling for the past few years - but I am idly and unscientifically imagining a scenario where, next year, lots of flea and pollen beetles will be kicking their heels wondering where their next meal is coming from in the absence of OSR and decide to invade gardens. Perhaps there is a horror film to be made out of this.