Very dry field conditions has led to some light land crops starting to suffer, but the rain on Sunday morning (first in over 3 weeks) will have just about damped the ground. Very heavy dews combined with windy days will keep septoria pressure up on the wheat crops.

Winter barley has leaf two fully out with forward crops at flag leaf emerging (some stressed light ground plants have flag leaf fully emerged). Disease levels are relatively low with quite a lot of crop scorch from T1 applications. I suspect this is because of large variations in temperature.

Winter rape has started to flower, frost last week caused some wilting of the lead stems, but they soon recovered. Most crops have had the final split of nitrogen (primarily due to height of crop and needing to apply before spread pattern affected) and Pollen beetle was evident on headlands (up to 5-10/plant), but once in the field, levels are much lower. Most crops are at an advanced enough stage not to worry; I have a few crops that are backward which I am monitoring as the beetle threshold will be lower.

Winter wheat – approximately half the acreage had a T0
(primarily early sown wheat after oilseed rape with a few early drilled
second wheats). All September sown crops have leaf three either fully
out or half way out, with the early sown crops with leaf two emerging 7
days ago. As a consequence, T1 started on Monday 19 April on the very
early crops with another tranche starting Friday 23 followed by another
block starting this week.

There are a few late sown crops (inevitably Solstice or
Oakley!) that will not be leaf three emerging until next week, no
visible yellow rust, but have applied triazole in with herbicide to
avoid any issues with yellow rust. Final split of nitrogen is being
applied over the next two weeks.