Farmers Weekly Interactive

North: Blackgrass infested crops destroyed with glyphosate

We are still basking in what, at present has been a very kind autumn. Drilling is nearly complete with even the maize and potato land going in very well. Spraying has also been easy to complete, with no frost and tramlines carrying vehicles well. I promise not to mention earliness of drilling, but the first […]

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South: Slugs woken up by wet weather

If ever I get bitten by a mosquito I tend to wonder at God’s creative sense of humour. Why would he design something which, not just content with stealing some of my blood, has to leave a painful and irritating reminder that it’s just done so? It can have that bit of my blood by […]

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West: Patchy emergence of early-drilled crops

The dry conditions in late August and September have lead to many crops being drilled into extremely dry seed-beds. The result has been patchy emergence, with a secondary germination after the rain arrived. The crops that have been principally affected have been winter oilseed rape, grass seeds and the very earliest of the cereal plantings. […]

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Spud Special: Check fields for pests, weeds and nutrients

Harvest is just about wrapped up in most areas, only the surplus for which there is no storage or no market remains. In a year like this it is crucial that you and your customer have an understanding of the quality in store so that there are no surprises. Make sure that everything delivered meets […]

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East: Slugs, slugs and more bl***y slugs!

There are two types of farmer – those with blackgrass and those without. Those with require nerves of steel, patience by the bucket load and the ability to laugh in the face of adversity. Those without should count themselves extremely lucky. Unfortunately, all of mine fall into the former category and therefore, in order to avoid […]

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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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East: High numbers of aphids threaten cereal crops

Cereal drilling has been progressing well into some very good seed-beds and although the recent wet weather has slowed progress, it has been readily received by very dry soils. Early drilled wheat had the dilemma of “to pre-em or not to pre-em”. However, the thought of applying residuals to emerged blackgrass was of greater concern […]

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