Varieties with good disease resistance are set to be the big gainers this autumn
Warm weather means virus-carrying aphids could be spreading BYDV disease
Falling prices, rotational changes and pest attacks see the crop area slide
Under new diversifiction rules fallow can now count as a crop
Thankfully my oilseed rape establishment trials haven’t yielded much information. That may sound strange, but it is due to the flea beetle pressure here being somewhat lower than slightly further north of us, where I have heard some shocking tales that will serve as more nails in the oilseed rape coffin.
It didn’t take me long to establish a self-imposed rule when writing these pieces – don’t talk about the weather, because between the date of writing and the date it appears in print you can guarantee it will go from one extreme to the other.
This season’s local agricultural shows or field days, as they are know in Australia, are coming to an end, so I thought I might reflect on how relevant they are in today's agriculture and what might be their future.
I have always found oilseed rape planting stressful, but this year more so than most.
As anticipated the young oilseed rape plants have taken some nursing through the flea beetle barrier and with us already on the second insecticide application, it could well prove to be a busy time for the sprayer.
Planning autumn growth, harvesting and storage.
Advice on how to control slugs without impact on the environment.
The main factors to consider when establishing a crop.
Cereal drilling is now well under way in The Southwest, but has really only started in earnest in the last week to ten days, amid concerns of getting crops too proud if drilled earlier, not to mention increased pressure from grassweeds. The oilseed rape drilling was completed by the second week of September, which is […]
Potato harvest is well underway; indeed clients in Cheshire are almost finished. Gross yields of both seed and ware seem to be higher than average, hardly surprising when you consider the amount of sunshine the crop received during June and July. It just goes to show the importance of achieving full ground cover by the […]
No doubt I am risking the wrath of the weather Gods, but we have had a wonderful drilling time. Conditions are dry, but we have had sufficient water to get most things moving. The total area sown to winter oilseed rape has fallen slightly as low prices and single farm payment implications have altered rotations. […]
One of the reasons I like winter barley in an arable rotation is that it allows us to get winter oilseed rape drilled in a timely fashion, from mid August onwards. It also allows us to have a five-year gap between rape crops, which helps to negate some of the detrimental effects of earlier drilling. […]
With September now behind us, the swallows have all gone and so it all begins again – I refer of course to the futile pursuit of trying to stop some growers drilling wheat too early in their bad blackgrass fields. With only 21 mm of rain so far in September here, stale seed-beds with good […]