One of the great things about being anagronomist is that no two seasons are the same and different questions areasked each year. However, I neverthought the frequent questions two months ago of “How late can I drill oilseedrape” would be replaced by so many queries of “How late can I drillwheat”. A sign of what must be oneof the most difficult and frustrating autumn drilling campaigns.
Cereals have been desperately slow toemerge but different seed lots have shown differences in vigour. Slug pressure has been phenomenal andthere appears to no signs of it easing with traditionally lower risk crops suchas barley and oats being attacked.
Grass weed control has proven verydifficult in wheat where pre-emergence herbicides were either missed because ofsuch few spray days or the seedbeds were too poor. The Plan B approach to apply herbicides early post-em hasoften been missed due to poor weather or when the weather was good drillingtaking priority. So in some casesa Plan C of Atlantis plus a strong residual will be the main hit at theblackgrass. It is not ideal butthis season is proving to be anything but ideal.
This shows purchased Grafton on the left hand side of the picture compared to home-saved Viscount on the right. The field was drilled on the same day and shows an amazing difference.
This picture showssome blackgrass that has emerged but is struggling as it has taken up plenty ofherbicide.