Farmers Weekly Interactive

North: Varieties to hold centre stage at Cereals

  The arrival of ‘Cereals’ signals the light at the end of the tunnel in the combinable cropping year. Varieties will, as always, hold centre stage and with low commodity prices, and a keen eye on reducing growing costs, high disease-resistant varieties will be top of most people’s agenda. Remember, as you admire the array […]

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South: Fungicide applications accurate and effective

  When the recommendations go in for the earwash fungicides on winter wheat it’s always a nice feeling because it feels like it’s downhill from now on. At least this year it’s been relatively straightforward as far as spray timings have been concerned – most people have managed to keep on top of applications quite […]

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Spud Special: Slow emergence raises rhizoctonia risk

  Continued cool and often windy weather has made the timing of herbicides a real challenge, even for those using the split approach of applying residuals early, with a follow up with diquat just prior to emergence. Usually once the plant emerges and gets into rapid growth it will out compete and smother any remaining […]

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West: Cold conditions slow maize crop emergence

Since last writing, we have seen a return to more changeable weather. Unfortunately this has been combined with a very persistent, cold wind. This is most definitely not helping the emerging maize crops. The rain when it came was a huge relief, as many spring crops were definitely beginning to suffer from a lack of […]

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East: Plan now for fusarium control in wheat

Most winter wheat crops have received their T2 fungicide over the last 7-10days. The late onset of ‘April’ showers in May has brought with it mild and moist conditions perfect for the development of diseases onto upper leaves. As a result, it is the robust and timely fungicide applications that have kept crops looking clean. […]

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South: Monitoring for orange blossom midge has started

The ears are out on most winter wheat, so monitoring for orange blossom midge with pheromone traps has commenced on susceptible varieties. The T2 spray went on in good time, and crops look clean. Blackgrass is showing and now’s the time to burn patches off preventing seed return. You’ll kill the suboptimal wheat in the […]

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North: No doubt in the value of a good T2 spray

The very mixed weather with continuing low temperatures has meant that crop growth stages have been all over the place, but generally later than usual for the time of year. This has created problems for agronomists and sprayer operators in gauging spray timings and intervals between applications along with all the rest of the spring […]

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East: The rain’s warmer this time of year

It appears to be monsoon season here in Lincolnshire, with 59.2 mm of rain so far this month – the majority of that falling over the last 10 days. Still at least it’s been too windy to spray when it hasn’t been raining! The yellow rust epidemic didn’t happen then thank goodness, and inevitably growth […]

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West: Crop potential looks more promising

The April drought has been followed by “a wet and windy May” which  tradition says “will fill  the barns with corn and hay” Let’s hope so! Wheat flag leaf applications have been made, based on mixes of SDHI chemistry with triazoles and chlorothalonil. Crops are looking well, with septoria confined to lower leaves.  Little mildew or rust has been […]

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South: Tissue samples show crop nutrition deficiencies

Last week’s heavy rain was very welcome indeed and spring crops are looking so much better already. Winter sown cereals are very clean, on the whole disease pressure has been lower than last year. While the rain has arrived just in time for some crops, if we are to maintain the yield potential in cereals, […]

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