Farmers Weekly Interactive

West: Disease resistance influences wheat variety choice

Cereal drilling is now well under way in The Southwest, but has really only started in earnest in the last week to ten days, amid concerns of getting crops too proud if drilled earlier, not to mention increased pressure from grassweeds. The oilseed rape drilling was completed by the second week of September, which is […]

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Spud Special: Ware potato crop quality a concern

Potato harvest is well underway; indeed clients in Cheshire are almost finished. Gross yields of both seed and ware seem to be higher than average, hardly surprising when you consider the amount of sunshine the crop received during June and July. It just goes to show the importance of achieving full ground cover by the […]

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North: Wheat area set for an increase

No doubt I am risking the wrath of the weather Gods, but we have had a wonderful drilling time. Conditions are dry, but we have had sufficient water to get most things moving. The total area sown to winter oilseed rape has fallen slightly as low prices and single farm payment implications have altered rotations. […]

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South: Oilseed rape hit by feathered pests

One of the reasons I like winter barley in an arable rotation is that it allows us to get winter oilseed rape drilled in a timely fashion, from mid August onwards. It also allows us to have a five-year gap between rape crops, which helps to negate some of the detrimental effects of earlier drilling. […]

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East: Delay drilling for better blackgrass control

With September now behind us, the swallows have all gone and so it all begins again –  I refer of course to the futile pursuit of trying to stop some growers drilling wheat too early in their bad blackgrass fields. With only 21 mm of rain so far in September here, stale seed-beds with good […]

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North: Potato harvest continues in excellent conditions

Well, that’s another season more or less by and we are already pushing on to get into the next one. Planning for this year is proving more complicated than usual due to the lack of information forthcoming regarding “Greening”, in particular Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs). Hopefully, now that the referendum is over, the “Powers That […]

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South: Oilseed rape crops washed out

For most we have now had some much welcome rain, but there are places where there was too much in too shorter time (93mm in 6-7 hrs). This has resulted in some oilseed rape being partly washed out. It’s still in the fields, but there’s a lot of visible roots and the plants are trying […]

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West: A tale of two harvests

Harvest 2014 produced some record yields on many local farms. This was particularly welcome after two difficult seasons. Many fields of  wheat produced 10t/ha and over - aided by the good growing conditions. Crops of winter oilseed rape yielded between 3.5 and 4t/ha and even the beans yielded well. However, it was a tale of two harvests as some land produced much more modest yields. […]

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East: Start of the new cropping season

Following an early, meteorologically easy and bountiful harvest, (best not to mention commodity prices though) the autumn season has begun. Oilseed rape crops have been established in good time and, in general, it has been plough-based systems that have caused most concern due to moisture loss through cultivation and subsequent issues with consolidating dry and […]

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East: Hoping for winter barley yield records

The field gate is almost shut; there is just time to draw breath and review this season and plan for the next before the combines roll. So while I’m leaning on the gate (chewing on the obligatory straw), how would I sum up the season? Well for me it’s been a challenge, but hopefully one […]

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