Growing a productive brassica crop such as kale, rape, swedes and leaf or bulb turnips can take hard work.

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Obstacles such as weeds and pests can have a huge impact on productivity, not to mention the added complications of soil fertility and the weather. This easy to follow guide sets out best practice steps for maximising brassica crop yields.

Both weeds and pests can have an impact on yield from as early as sowing. Timing of corrective measures is as important as choosing the right solution.

Some of these solutions begin long before the crop is sown, so planning is critical to achieving success.