Farmers Weekly Interactive

South: Pre-emergence herbicides work well in spring cereals

Always the eternal optimist, one advantage of this year’s challenging spring has been to provide more than adequate amounts of moisture to allow pre-emergence herbicides to work well on the last of the spring cereals being drilled now. The majority of which were finally drilled last week into mainly good conditions. We have come to […]

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West: Final leaf 3 emergence slow in cold conditions

As always when I sit down to write this blog, I am determined not to talk about the weather too much, but it is difficult not to. It influences so much of our decision making, as crop growth is partly driven by air and soil temperatures. The cool, showery and breezy conditions since last time […]

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North: Fallow option taken at expense of spring crops

The cold spring has continued throughout April, with frequent rainfall causing serious delays to the sowing of spring crops. Some abandoned the idea of sowing any more spring cereals in late April and have instead opted for the fallow option. This provides an opportunity to deal with grassweeds and will allow an earlier entry for […]

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East: Wet weather disrupts spring drilling plans

With April delivering just over 74mm of rain, we find ourselves dealing with the wet weather’s legacy as we head into May. There are many growers up here who either have yet to drill their spring barley, spring wheat, spring beans, linseed et cetera – or who have now abandoned any thoughts of doing so […]

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East: Good spring seed-beds difficult to achieve

It has been a frustrating spring, especially for heavy land growers with large areas to drill. Drier weather last week did enable good progress and there is relief as at last we face the right direction. Good spring seed-beds have been difficult to achieve, with the most important tool being patience. The forecast remains cool […]

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West: Science must be at heart of arable farming

The last week has been a strange one. My crop walking companion of the last nine years, a Hungarian Vizsla bitch, has been in the small animal hospital at Bristol University veterinary school. My clients with livestock have often enthused over the skill and professionalism of the vets there.  What has this to do with […]

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North: Forward wheat at T1 fungicide timings

The cool weather has persisted throughout April with frost at night, and crops including grass are growing slowly. The days are lengthening though, and it is a reminder of the over-riding influence of day-length on living things. Winter crops are not tall, but are progressing through the growth stages – the forward wheats are at […]

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Spud Special: Herbicide application commences

Planting has got under way in earnest across the northern parts of England over the last couple of weeks. Conditions are generally quite good, although there are some parts of fields that are a little too wet and I am urging my growers to lift out over these areas, I don’t want them creating a […]

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South: Disease and rooting dangers in wheat

Steady growth in a spring yet to show any rapid warming and imposing no moisture stress whatsoever means our winter crops are generally well structured and clean, if a little patchy in places. However, it’s important to keep reminding ourselves that, with more than enough moisture in the ground and regular additions from above, we […]

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North: Huge variation in crop development

Eventually it will happen, but it seems to be taking forever. Just when will these crops look something like crops with some potential to yield? They are still tillering and need to carry on doing so as long as possible. We have a huge variation in crop development and growth stages – some wheats are […]

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