04 July, 2012
Farmers are being warned
that the booming slug population could pose a threat to crops.
The slug population, which farmersguardian.com believes has
increased by 50 per cent this year, has been supposedly thriving
thanks to the warm, wet weather the UK has been experiencing in
As a result, fruit and vegetable farmers are warning of
potential crop shortages - which could cause the prices of crops on
the market to increase - while domestic gardeners have also been
told to err on the side of caution.
In addition, soil temperatures have fallen from 14C to 6C in
many areas of the UK, meaning that crop growth has slowed down to
the extent that crops are unable to 'grow away' from predators.
Dr Richard Meredith, of Bayer Crop Science, has lamented the
explosion in the slug population on scotsman.com: "The conditions
over the past couple of months have been really good for the slugs
to reproduce. As long as it's wet and warm, they just keep
"They like the rain and now we've had months of it the slugs are
thriving. If it carries on the way it is, we can expect to have a
serious challenge with protecting crops. It's a real threat to
The Horticultural Development Council estimates that slugs cost
farmers £8 million a year.
Source: Vertical Leap