Farmers Weekly Interactive

East: Hoping for winter barley yield records

The field gate is almost shut; there is just time to draw breath and review this season and plan for the next before the combines roll. So while I’m leaning on the gate (chewing on the obligatory straw), how would I sum up the season? Well for me it’s been a challenge, but hopefully one […]

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North: Keep a tight potato blight fungicide programme

What a season it has been. Heavy disease pressure and well documented shortages of some fungicide active ingredients have contrived to keep us all on our toes! The relative strengths and weaknesses of products have been tested to the limit. Those products that have been claimed by distributors to be “just the same as” the […]

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South: Strange years completely normal

We’re coming to the end of the season and once again we look back on it and wonder at how strange it has been. It’s been a difficult year for spray operators, but from a disease point of view, where the sprays have gone on in good time the results are there for all to […]

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West: Septoria continues to cause concern

Despite two or three weeks dry weather septoria has continued to express itself in crops, particularly those where timings have been missed. It has become quite evident as the season has progressed that keeping spray intervals tight has been much more important than catching the desired growth stage spot on. This was particularly so with […]

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West: So far so good

Welcome sunshine will hopefully allow crops to fulfil their full potential this year, unlike 2012 when it all went wrong in June because of constant rain. Winter barley is starting to turn and indicates an early harvest. Winter wheat canopies have maintained their green colour until now, with the help of some very robust fungicide programmes. Some wheats […]

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Spud Special: Don’t be complacent with blight

With weather conditions favourable for rapid growth crops have grown quickly, with the majority of ware crops completing full ground cover by the longest day. This will enable crops to benefit from long daylight hours and, hopefully, lots of sunshine. Extended spray intervals caused by wet conditions at the start of the rapid growth stage […]

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North: Gremlins come home to roost

Cereals 2014 had lost the positive air that has enveloped farming for the last two events. June is always a tricky month for agronomists as all the gremlins come home to roost. I think a new innovation would be to provide a confessional booth for all agronomists. This, I appreciate would be for my benefit, […]

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South: Don’t start barley harvest too early

Winter barley crops are turning fast and grain fill looks good. Most are still standing well, but there are some (mostly hydrids on very fertile fields) which could easily go flat if we have some heavy rain before harvest. My father has always said that when you think the barley is fit to combine, go […]

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East: Promising crops in the run up to harvest

Despite the heavy disease pressure we have had to cope with this spring wheat crops are looking particularly promising at present.  Missed patches in fields and untreated plots in trials are testament to the problems we have faced, and to the efficacy of our fungicides at dealing with them. With cropping and variety choices currently […]

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South: Cropping plans now being finalised

I recently wrote how much difference a month makes. Well, given the high disease pressure this year, a week extra over the optimum three week interval for fungicide timing has been the difference between good and poor disease control. Even where robust programmes have been used, timing has been crucial this year. Fungicide programmes have […]

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