Dryers on full power to keep up with harvest
Herbicide active chlorotoluron makes a comeback for cereal crops
We catch up on harvest progress with three farmers around the country
From our gallery: Photos of the country's combines hard at work
I made two resolutions at the start of the year: one was not to combine in September and the other was not to drill in November and so far I’m on track to meet both.
September is a month of changes here, not just summer turning to autumn, but on the staffing front. At the start of the month we say goodbye to our Harper Adams placement student, Toby, who has completed 12 months with us.
It is hard to believe another growing season is nearly over. At the moment we are experiencing very dry weather with temperatures over 100F, which means we desperately need rain for the soybean crop – if we get some late rains our soybeans will be good; if not, they will be a failure.
It’s been a very trying year here in the south of Western Australia.
Preparation for next harvest is well under way, with oilseed rape being established in two ways
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.
The field gate is almost shut; there is just time to draw breath and review this season and plan for the next before the combines roll. So while I’m leaning on the gate (chewing on the obligatory straw), how would I sum up the season? Well for me it’s been a challenge, but hopefully one […]
What a season it has been. Heavy disease pressure and well documented shortages of some fungicide active ingredients have contrived to keep us all on our toes! The relative strengths and weaknesses of products have been tested to the limit. Those products that have been claimed by distributors to be “just the same as” the […]
We’re coming to the end of the season and once again we look back on it and wonder at how strange it has been. It’s been a difficult year for spray operators, but from a disease point of view, where the sprays have gone on in good time the results are there for all to […]
Despite two or three weeks dry weather septoria has continued to express itself in crops, particularly those where timings have been missed. It has become quite evident as the season has progressed that keeping spray intervals tight has been much more important than catching the desired growth stage spot on. This was particularly so with […]
Welcome sunshine will hopefully allow crops to fulfil their full potential this year, unlike 2012 when it all went wrong in June because of constant rain. Winter barley is starting to turn and indicates an early harvest. Winter wheat canopies have maintained their green colour until now, with the help of some very robust fungicide programmes. Some wheats […]