Farmers Weekly Interactive

Spud Special: Scottish planters frustrated by the weather

Many ware growers have been frustrated in Scotland during the early part of April, watching progress in East Anglia and unable to turn a wheel themselves. Other than the odd field that went in through March prior to change in the weather, very little planting has taken place till until last weekend. This means that […]

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South: Another exciting season

It’s an exciting season once again. But in complete contrast to last year, for all the right reasons. The good dry spell in March allowed us to really get on with field operations. Exuberant initial crop development has been steadied-up nicely by cooler conditions and early plant growth regulator (PGR) attention. And so far this […]

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West: A welcome return to a “normal” spring

After the two previous springs when abnormal weather conditions came to be what we expected as normal, it is a relief to move into a growing season where the term “normal” does seem to apply. Crops have reached critical growth stages uniformly. The split between early- to mid-season and later sowings has been well defined. […]

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North: A hectic easter weekend awaits

T1’s are going on this week, on most barleys and the more forward wheat crops. The majority of wheat crops are due this weekend, so a hectic Easter awaits. We need some nice weather and improving soil conditions – there are still some sloshy tramlines and they’re getting deeper with every pass. Quite a bit […]

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East: The swallows are back – all is well!

With T1 fungicide applications well under-way, the focus of concern in wheat has switched away from the yellow rust which appeared to be endemic a few weeks ago, towards the septoria which, like Putin on the Ukrainian border, lurks menacingly waiting to invade – it’s not “if” – it’s “when”. The worry this season is […]

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South: Robust fungicide strategies required

My last month’s observations on how the crops had greened up were very short-lived. Having woken up, they sucked up the tiny amount of nitrogen available, turned green, very quickly got hungry again and started to go backwards. Only within the last week have they started to respond to the applied bagged nitrogen. Deep N […]

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East: Aiming to keep crops clean

A long spell of good application days has enabled growers to keep pace with the planned fertiliser and spray regimes. However, spring seed-beds are dry and emerging crops are desperately in need a good soak. Particularly concerning are the many beet crops, where emergence is uneven and chitted seed is lying in dry, cloddy soil. […]

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Spud Special: Fresh challenges in a new season

Another year and more challenges for the potato industry to face, if it’s not reduced fresh consumption it’s the loss of crucial actives such as methiocarb, no doubt metaldehyde will be next on the list and then where does that leave the most popular variety grown, Maris Piper? Planting in Yorkshire has got off to […]

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West: Septoria the worst I can remember

Since last writing things have moved on at pace in the fields. The weather at the beginning of March finally dried up enough to allow field operations to begin in earnest and with this improvement, the “catching up” process began. The wheat crops, particularly the September drilled ones, have got the highest levels of septoria […]

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South: Avoid insecticides when bees are active

Many rape fields are now starting to turn yellow(ish) and with warm weather forecast for the next week, many will get to early flowering very quickly. Where Caryx (mepiquat + metconazole) was used for plant regulation and canopy manipulation, the side branches are noticeably stronger than untreated areas or fields. Pollen beetle numbers have been […]

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