Farmers Weekly Interactive

North: Spotlight on disease control in OSR

  Now that “Super September” is over we have moved into a more seasonal October with a mix of wet and windy weather. However, both air and soil temperatures have remained unseasonably high. This has implications for applications of propyzamide or carbetamide. Remember that soils need to be at a maximum of 8°C and dropping […]

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South: Aphid numbers above average

  Oilseed rape crops are mostly at the 6-8 leaf stage and, due to the dry September, have mostly rooted well.  At the moment phoma levels are well below threshold so there is no rush for fungicide control.  This means that getting a two week gap either side of  Centurion Max applications shouldn’t be a […]

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East: Phoma and LLS threat increases in oilseed rape

  Mild weather so far this autumn would suggest an early onset of phoma, but dry conditions have delayed the disease.  Two weeks with wet weather now mean close monitoring of OSR crops is required.  Phoma can move 5mm/day at 15⁰C therefore to prevent the disease travelling to the axial and causing cankers later on, […]

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West: Blackgrass reluctant to chit until October

  The earliest crops of oilseed rape, which were drilled into moisture, are now very strong and have six leaves. Early graminicides have been applied, and we now wait for temperatures to drop so that propyzamide can be applied. Some crops may even require a growth regulator. We have not yet seen phoma, but it has already been observed further west. […]

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Spud Special: Bumper potato harvest in Scotland

The Tattie harvest in the north is almost complete – certainly most seed growers have either finished or are in their last field. The 3in of rain earlier this week has made what is left to do slightly more challenging and for ware growers it will take a few weeks yet to get the crop […]

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South: Disease resistant quality wheat area grows

Our wheat crops really delivered on their promise last season with some of the best yields ever, providing blackgrass was kept at bay and fungicide programmes were sufficiently robust, that is. Which is just as well, with the lowest cost per tonne more important than ever. The season really underlined how unforgiving some wheat varieties […]

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North: Tricky timings for blackgrass control in OSR

Crop establishment so far has been excellent with good seed-beds and temperatures above average.  Many have commented how wet land is underneath when the plough has got stuck in, but careful preparation has resulted in the right result. Oilseed rape was slow to get going, but now we have had rain crops are really growing well. […]

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West: Autumn weather arrives to heighten OSR disease threat

After weeks of following my postman’s lead by keeping the shorts on due to the warm and dry weather, autumn has arrived and it is regrettably back to wellies and waterproofs. I suppose with the driest September – only 12mm recorded in my gauge – for a long time then we should have expected it, […]

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South: Interest in cover crops increase this year

Harvest now seems a long time ago and the exceptional dry period we have experienced has allowed drilling to progress unhindered in the South East to date. That was until Monday, when a welcome rain arrived that will hopefully provide a more widespread relief to the rapid erosion of steel on cultivation equipment. Where grassweed […]

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North: Cabbage stem root fly invades oilseed rape crops

Rain at last. After a mere 6mm rain in September, we’re back on track with our first proper dose in a full month. The dust bowl of Lancashire can now revert to normal. Sowing is 80% complete, barring crops after maize and potatoes. Of course, its probably rather early, but what can you do in […]

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