Scottish Pesticide Surveys Database (SCOPES)

Scottish Pesticide Surveys Database (SCOPES)

Search the Scottish Pesticide Surveys (SCOPES) database


This search facility currently allows you to search the Scottish Pesticide Surveys (SCOPES) database for arable crops by active substance or active substance group. Arable crops include cereals, oilseeds, potatoes, peas, beans and set-aside (EU abolished compulsory set-aside in 2009).

The results are shown as a table displaying the total area of crop grown in Scotland and the estimated pesticide usage figures for basic area, treated area, weight applied and the percentage of crop treated for a selected active substance (see notes).

The data displayed are for the year selected plus the previous 2 survey years.

These figures are also displayed as a chart and you can choose to display a graph showing the proportion of total use of pesticide by month of application for the selected active substance and year.

At present only Arable Survey data from 2000 onwards are available.  If you require data from earlier arable surveys or from other survey types, please visit our pesticide usage survey reports page or contact us at

Arable surveys are carried out every 2 years.

Search the Scottish Pesticide Surveys (SCOPES) database


Pesticide is a broad term covering a range of commercial formulations containing active substances used as herbicides (weed killers), fungicides (mould & fungi killers), growth regulators, insecticides (insect killers) and molluscicides (slug pellets).

Group areas, for example fungicides, are the summed area of all fungicide formulations applied (a formulation is the combination of active substances which are formulated together in a product).

Basic area (ha) is the area of crop which was treated with a given active substance, irrespective of the number of times it was applied to that area.  Basic area values are used to calculate the percentage of crop treated with a given active substance.

Treated area (ha) is the basic area of a crop treated with a given active substance multiplied by the number of applications that area received.  For example, if a ten hectare field is treated with an active substance twice then the basic area for that active substance is 10 hectares and the treated area is 20 hectares.

Weight (kg) is the quantity in kilograms of the selected active substance applied to the crop.

Percentage treated is the percentage area of crop treated with the selected active ingredient.  This is calculated using the basic area.

Please note in the 2012 Arable survey the spring oilseed rape area grown also includes linseed.

Pesticide usage data for spring oilseed rape has not been published in the 2008 and 2014 surveys or for triticale in 2014, due to the limited number of crops sampled.

Please note the active substance Sulphur is included in the fungicide totals.