Farmers Weekly Interactive

North: Forward cereal crops full of disease in Yorkshire

It is fitting that with the last Crop Watch of 2014 we end the year as we started , crops full of disease and no end in sight for the potential spend! The farming community has sighed a collective gasp at the cost of growing crops last year and vowed to cut costs this year. […]

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South: Counting the cost of climate change

Whatever one’s opinions on climate change or global warming/weirding might be, one observation I have made is that this is the third year in a row we have gone into a long, long spell of wet after a long spell of dry. OK, in 2012 that wet spell started in August and ended the following […]

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West: Slugs are coming out in force in cloddy seed-beds

Since last writing we have had a spell of particularly wet weather. The soil in many fields is now at or beyond saturation point, making field applications very difficult. The weather has, however, remained very mild which has allowed many of the later-drilled crops to catch up and establish reasonably well. There is always a […]

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East: Wet ground conditions causing stress in cereals

About 50.7mm of rain over the last 10 days and I think it’s fair to say that it’s quite damp here in Lincolnshire now. Some cereals - winter barley crops in particular – are exhibiting high levels of stress thanks to wet feet, nitrogen deficiency due to leeching as a consequence of the rain, residual herbicide […]

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South: Insecticide application in cereals first priority

With this prolonged period of wet weather, sprayers have remained in sheds for at least two weeks, and the job list is still getting longer. First priority will be insecticide applications on winter cereals. For some fields this will be the first since drilling, for others this will be the third application. Hopefully winter will […]

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North: Sodden soils at field capacity after wet spell

Most districts have had more than their fair share of moisture since my last musings. Soils are generally at field capacity. This may mean that some wheat seed destined for late lifted potato fields will remain in the bag. There will now be limited opportunities for any other field work. If the temperature of soils […]

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East: Spraying opportunities are much reduced

We’ve reached the time of year when spraying opportunities become few and far between. A marked difference in ability to travel fields can be seen depending on crop, cultivations, local rainfall and field drainage. Whilst some farms remain confident of being able to continue spraying, others are finding conditions preventing them from travelling land again […]

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West: Wheat crops unsown as ‘to do’ list still incomplete

With constant rain in recent weeks and Christmas not far away, the ‘to-do’ list on many of our farms is still far from being completed. Some wheat crops remain unsown, and any temptation to ‘maul’ it in is being resisted. We all know it’s not worth it. The earliest sown cereals are now well tillered, and […]

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Spud Special: Attention turns to next year’s potato crop

Finally temperatures are beginning to fall and the first frost of the winter is expected this week, with even some snow on the hills. On the land attention is now focused on next year’s potato crop. There are small areas of ware still to lift, but almost all growers are finished harvest. Sampling fields destined […]

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North: Recent months see phenomenal crop growth

Mild weather in the second half of October and early November has seen phenomenal crop growth. I do not think I have seen oilseed rape plants grow so fast for the time of year. The main issue from the wet and windy October has been lack of spray days and in many cases planned applications […]

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