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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 ingredient or active ingredient group. Arable crops include cereals, oilseeds, potatoes, peas, beans and setaside (EU abolished compulsary setaside 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 ingredient (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 ingredient 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 psu@sasa.gsi.gov.uk.

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 ingredients 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 ingredients which are formulated together in a product).

Basic area (ha) is the area of crop which was treated with a given active ingredient, 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 ingredient.

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

Weight (kg) is the quantity in kilograms of the selected active ingredient 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.

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