While the recent frosty weather has been a boon to growers looking for help from the elements to control disease, some are still seeing early signs of trouble in wheat and oilseed rape.
Farmers Weekly recently reported that yellow rust has been found in wheat in the north-east and now brown rust has followed further south in the variety Crusoe, a variety known to be susceptible to the disease with a resistance score of 4.
Here’s a round-up of what farmers and agronomists around the country have been reporting in their crops.
First signs of Brown Rust on Crusoe this autumn pic.twitter.com/FqLeqgHavA
— David Jones (@CCCAgronomy) December 2, 2016
Oilseed rape growers should be on the lookout for phoma, with multiple reports of the common disease from different agronomists around the country.
— Bartholomews (@BartsAgri) December 6, 2016
— Adama (@AdamaUK_) December 3, 2016
— Frontier Agriculture (@FrontierAg) December 1, 2016
However, the problems are far from widespread at this stage and many growers are very pleased with how crops have established after an autumn where establishment conditions have been near-perfect.
Week 13 – Very wet early start to the week, drier now. No weed, disease or pest issues, yellowing of older leaves due frosts. pic.twitter.com/Bck0TxgcUj
— Oilseed rape field (@FieldofOSR) November 26, 2016
Most noticeable plots in the trial site go to DK Imperial DSV Coded and Bayer Coded varieties looking good with the ground temp just above 0 pic.twitter.com/Y5lNstIfeh
— Martin Smart (@MartinSmart2) December 5, 2016
— Ian Holmes (@ianholmes20) December 1, 2016
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