Farmers Weekly Interactive

West – Dry April allows catch up

Most spring sowing has now been completed  – even maize drilling has begun in April.  Spring beans have been attacked by weevil at emergence – especially where seedbeds were cloddy – and have required treatment.. The clods seem to provide a safe haven for the pest . Linseed is also emerging – and flea beetle […]

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Spud Special: Good conditions for potato planting in Scotland

Potato planting is well underway for ware crops and seed growers are just starting up north. Conditions are pretty good, with around 10mm of rain in places this week softening up some of the more bodied soils that ploughed up a bit lumpy after last autumn’s excess rain. Soil temperatures have been an average 8C […]

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East: Alternative crops could increase at expense of OSR

The recent spell of warm and calm weather has allowed farms to catch up on spraying and fertiliser spreading. Also, the last of the spring drilling was completed a week ago with peas, ahiflower and canary seed being planted following multiple flushes of blackgrass. With the issues surrounding oilseed rape, we may well be seeing […]

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South: Oilseed rape crops quickly hit full flower

Another warm, dry week in the South East now means apart from maize, all spring drilling is nearing completion. Oilseed rape crops have rapidly moved into full flowering, allowing them to keep ahead of ever increasing pollen beetle activity. With concerns for resistance to pyrethroids where pollen beetle are a concern on more backward and […]

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North: Cool and dry reduces disease pressure in all crops

The past month has been very dry, but also cold, which has significantly reduced disease pressure in all crops. Agronomists often stress the importance of timing of crop protection inputs and so far so good, as the settled weather has allowed almost everything to be applied at the optimum timing. Some rain now would be […]

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West: Drier weather kick starts spring fieldwork

Drier weather in the last couple of weeks has allowed spring fieldwork to start in earnest and allowed us to catch-up with spraying priorities. It has also allowed spring crops to be drilled into pretty good seed-bed conditions and spring cereals are emerging well. Potato planting has also picked up pace in the recent warmer […]

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West: High disease pressure season not materialised

The cool, dry conditions in late March and early April have meant that the much heralded spring of high disease pressure has not materialised with us. Over-wintered septoria has not migrated up the plant with new growth and early fungicides on wheat have centred on straight chlorothalonil, save for very rust prone varieties. Wheat growth […]

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South: Wind frustrates sprayers and spreaders

The one thing we’ve had more than enough of this past month has been wind. While it’s been incredibly frustrating for spraying and spreading, combined with less than half our average March rainfall, this has really helped spring seed-bed preparation. Despite the ground staying so wet so late, all our spring crops – except the […]

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East: Keep fungicide timings tight to tackle wheat disease

After a slow start, crops are growing well as they react to warming soil temperatures and recently applied fertiliser. After a blustery end to March, recent calmer days have allowed growers to keep a good pace with applications. A few light showers would be welcome to aid establishment of spring crops. In contrast to last […]

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North: Pollen beetle not a problem in most OSR crops

Crops are taking shape at last and we’re pushing plenty more nitrogen on them now to ensure that growth is not compromised. With a late spring, we need to maximise growth rates and soil N residues are clearly not generous. Drilling has been delayed by untimely rain; Cheshire is now mostly complete, but Lancashire has […]

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