Farmers Weekly Interactive

North: Dry weather will bring a busy start to spring

Generally, most crops look well despite some cold and wet weather yellowing some of the older leaves. The past month has been frustrating because just as land begins to dry, another batch of rain arrives. As a result it will be a busy start to spring when land finally does dry, as a lot of […]

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South: Soil temperatures are slowly creeping up

There is definitely a feeling of spring being just around the corner here in the South East. Soil conditions on the Downs have allowed spring barley drilling to begin, albeit tentatively for now, with soil temperatures only slowly creeping up. Oilseed rape that is not being grazed hard by pigeons is beginning to grow and […]

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East: Seed-bed conditions crucial for spring establishment

After what seemed like the arrival of spring, the recent unsettled wet weather has delayed some of the planned field work. Patience is crucial to ensure spring drilling is into good seed-beds to ensure good establishment and also to ensure the pre-emergence herbicides have the best possible chance of working effectively, as in many cases […]

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West: Crops have foundations for good yields

In general, winter crops in my region have the foundations for good yield potential, but there is a long way to go for this to be realised. If only we knew what Mother Nature is going to challenge us with over the coming months, we could be more confident in fulfilling this potential. Most oilseed rape […]

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West: Herbicide programmes complete and effective

The seasons remorselessly swing round and another growing season looms large on the horizon. The winter has been kind to us in the Southwest and crops are emerging in good order. Most herbicide programmes are complete and working well save for a few later-sown winter bean crops where we could not apply pre-emergence propyzamide and […]

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East: Nitrogen and sulphur applications start in OSR and cereals

With a more settled forecast of high pressure and dry weather coupled with extending day length, there is a sense of spring and growers are keen to get wheels turning. Some will be starting nitrogen and sulphur applications to rapeseed, barley and “less forward” wheats. There is a mixed bag of wheat crops depending on […]

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North: Crops have great potential in the North West

Our crops are carrying potential and lets hope we can make a margin on them because it’s going to require some skill. Against prices that are struggling around break-even, it’s essential to extract the maximum yield while trying to contain costs. Situation normal. Thankfully, all the overwintered crops are in excellent shape and have great […]

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South: Winter fails to check OSR growth and wheat disease

Well, December and January have actually given us some winter this time round – albeit of a decidedly on-off nature and not enough to do a really decent job of knocking back either oilseed rape canopies or wheat disease levels. The cold weather has certainly led to a nice frost tilth on ground set-up for […]

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West: Forward oilseed rape and wheat crops require care

With predominantly wet weather through December and January there has been little or no field operations carried out in the Southwest. We are now experiencing a dry period at the time of writing and some growers are now beginning to contemplate getting back on the land. Most oilseed rape crops received their autumn fungicides prior […]

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North: Pigeons picking oilseed rape fields to decimate

The recent cold snap was not really the “beast from the east”, but at the very least a snap of winter. Prior to this spell of weather, disease levels were starting to build up and a re-run of 2014 was on the cards. Only time will tell if this weather intervention will have an impact […]

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