Farmers Weekly Interactive

West: Severe septoria infection shows in some crops

  With it all over bar the shouting, it now just remains to be seen whether we have got things right this year or not. There is a lot of talk about 2015 being a low disease year, even in this part of the world. The evidence coming to light now in some fields would […]

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Spud Special: Unprecedented levels of aphids being found

At last, night time temperatures have got in to double figures and crops have responded. Most ware crops have now got to full canopy or not far off, so the sunshine amounts in July and August will pretty much dictate yields. Seed inspections are on-going and so far I am not anticipating too many issues, […]

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North: Common sense applies for oilseed rape desiccation

  I can tell that the season is drawing to a close when my grumpiness quota reaches its peak! The arrival of unwelcome pests such as black bean aphid resets my blood pressure to a new high. Settled weather means that many crops will reach threshold and be sprayed. As crops finish flowering the number […]

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South: Cold and dry season brings pros and cons

  If I were asked to describe this spring’s growing season in one word, it would be cold. Two words –  cold and dry. It certainly hasn’t been a growy spring. This is not always such a bad thing, crops in general are quite short, and we haven’t been chasing rampant disease. There are some […]

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East: Leaf miner damage in sugar beet high

The difference between beet crops planted early into moisture or later into a dry April seed-bed is still marked. Thankfully in this part of the world the majority were in early, have never looked back, and have now fully covered the ground. Dry conditions seem to have reduced mobility and therefore efficacy of neonicotinoid seed […]

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North: Rain could lead to late burst of crop disease

  Crop growth has improved significantly as the weather conditions have warmed up from a distinctly cold May month. Nevertheless, growth stages are still about two weeks later than where they would normally be. The cool conditions throughout this spring growing season have meant that in general foliar disease levels have remained low, although there […]

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South: Think of the bees when spraying for bean pests

Despite some getting showers, what crops need now is rain followed by sunshine – both yield drivers that we can’t influence. Bean herbicides were variable in efficacy. For me they worked best, contrary to received wisdom, following cover crops where preceding straw had not been removed for years – lots of surface “trash” and very […]

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East: Delay winter wheat drilling for better blackgrass control

Just like at Cereals, blackgrass control is being widely discussed on farm at the moment and, if you learn anything from last year to take forward to this coming autumn, it’s that delaying the drilling of the winter wheat crop is clearly up there as being an extremely important detail. Even where all available pre-emergence […]

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West: Thoughts turn to next year’s cropping rotation

  Recent soft rainfall and warmer conditions have improved the potential of all crops. This is most welcome, as positive gross margins depend on achieving high yields. Most winter wheat crops have received T3 fungicide applications. Product choice and rates have been adjusted depending on variety, previous treatments and timings. It’s an educated guess, as […]

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East: Cropping plans reviewed in face of price pressure

Despite the challenges this spring, crops have good yield potential. However, the continued spell of dry weather is taking its toll on the lighter land, with flag leaves starting to curl up. Due to the huge variations in soil types across fields and farm yard manure (FYM) or compost availability being limited or deemed too […]

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