Crops at risk as pests warm to Scottish climate

Scotland’s farmers may be experiencing a surge in infestations of leatherjacket grubs (the larvae of crane flies or daddy-long-legs) in response to mild and wet autumns. The grubs damage crops as they eat the roots of cereals and other plants. An annual survey conducted by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) shows that observed densities of the grubs have now reached a very high level. Over the past 38 years, 13 years have shown an average density of over a million grubs per hectare, with nine of those high density years occurring since 1997/8.

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