The European Union's two-year ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides could prompt U.K. farmers to curtail oilseed rape plantings and also could lower profit margins for the crop. "People say the yield reduction could be up to 5%, but within that 5% there are those who could lose the whole crop," said James Wallace, director of Dalton Seeds and a board member of the Agricultural Industries Confederation. The ban, which goes into effect Dec. 1, also would impact sunflowers and other flowering crops.

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