Providing a free service to farmers growing cereals, other arable crops, grassland and forage crops.
There is on average 10,000 acres of cereals grown in the Isle of Man each year. The largest acreage is in spring barley (6,000 acres).
Cereal and Arable Crop, Pest and Disease Survey
The soils in the Isle of Man vary from loamy sands to peaty loams with many of the different textural classes in-between found in the Island.
The agricultural advisory staff can arrange for plants such as cereals, grass and potatoes to be analysed for diseases (if unsure of type of disease from field visit).
Plant health inspection service
On the Island there is just under 200 acres dedicated to the growing of vegetables, fruit, flowers, nursery stock and bulbs of which 23 acres are under glass.
Some plants receive protection under the Wildlife Act 1990. Check for information in the Wildlife section. For a full list of protected species, contact the Tynwald Library for a copy of the Act.