October weather has been very kind in this area. Mosthave finished drilling and even recent sowings are coming throughvery quickly. After the last two very wet autumns it’s great to begiven a chance to get crops established properly allowing the rootsto maximise their potential in undamaged soils.
A few oilseed rape crops are acting as a reminder of how wet itwas a couple of months ago. The worst were drilled during the firstweek of September and heavy rain that followed caused soil slumpingand capping which reduced plant vigour.
Due to the slow harvest, much oilseed rape was drilled inmid-September. Most of these crops have two to four pairs of leavesand good root development so the canopy should be ideal come thespring. (If the pigeons can be kept off!)
If not already done, a fungicide for light leaf spot protectionshould be applied soon and I will be favouringProline (prothioconazole) orPunch C (carbendazim flusilazole) applied at three quartersrate.