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Potato lifting has just about finished with odd bits being abandoned. Many of the sown fields have water lying in them. Winter barley, particularly crops on heavier soils, are showing signs of stress and are rapidly changing from green to yellow. Compacted end rigs are going to suffer badly if soils do not get a chance to dry up soon.
Protecting any oilseed rape crops that have not yet had their light leaf spot treatment will be something of a challenge. The benefit of protection in the autumn, especially if we get a long cold winter, is not in doubt so any opportunity to get the sprayer going must be grasped.
The most appropriate products are those based on prothioconazole, giving good protection without being too harsh on backward, stressed crops.
As I mentioned last month Planet (
The other bits of bureaucratic activity affecting us north of the border are mapping queries. Smugly, we thought all our mapping problems had been sorted in the mid 90s. Oh no! The EU Commission has been leaning heavily on the Scottish Government and we have been threatened with removal of all of our
Finally, on matters bureaucratic, the Pack Report on the future support for agriculture in
If we can have something on the table in