Farmers Weekly Interactive

North: Crop disease at tolerable levels in Perthshire

As ever weather is the great dictator. Variable conditions from glorious sunshine through to frost and snow have kept crops and advisors guessing this month. Soil temperatures have crawled upwards, so crop growth has generally been on the slow side. Crops are not as far forward as last year and on the plus side disease […]

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South: Timing T0 fungicide around the weather.

Optimal T0 fungicide timing targets final leaf four fully emerged – too early an application can lead to a big gap before T1 and allow disease to take hold. I’ve been dissecting samples to determine leaf emergence and early drilled wheat was there a week ago, late drilled fields won’t be due for another 10 […]

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East: Septoria and yellow rust start to threaten

As April sweeps in – doesn’t seem 12 months since I said that last time – improving soil temperatures are releasing mineralised nitrogen and finally greening up the more bronzed cereal fields across the county. First applications of nitrogen have been completed but, along with the welcome increasing soil (currently 7.8C at 10cm) and warmer […]

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West: Acres of grassweed contact herbicide still to apply

Despite little rain and brief spells of sunshine, spring 2015 has been slow to get into gear. Some spring contact grassweed treatments have been made on wheat crops  – but there are many acres still to treat. Being careful to ensure targets to be treated are dry and actively growing has hopefully optimised grassweed control. This has […]

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South: Soil temperatures are on the rise

Soil temperatures here in the South East are creeping upwards and reached 7C at a depth of 10cm last week. The dry spell has allowed spring crops to be drilled into excellent seed-beds and earlier drillings of spring barley have emerged well. A pre-emergence herbicide application of Liberator (fluefenacet + diflufenican) applied to spring barley […]

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Spud special: Lift in ware potatoes leaving store

Growers in the north are starting to focus on this year’s potato crop, but the legacy of last season remains and whatever sector they are involved in, it’s been a painful experience for many. Ware growers have only recently seen an uplift in volumes leaving stores. Seed growers have had to deal with difficult export […]

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East: Spring crop pre-em herbicides need some rain

The recent run of fine weather has allowed much of the spring cropping to be planted into good conditions and fertiliser to be applied. Spring crops where pre-emergence herbicides have been applied are now in need of a warm rain to ensure good crop establishment and enable the herbicides to work effectively. Following the night […]

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North: Cool and dry conditions restricting crop growth

March has been mostly cold and dry which has limited crop growth, but has allowed a lot of drilling, spraying and fertiliser applications to take place. The dry weather has really shown up any compaction issues on heavier soils in winter cereals and serves as a reminder as to how wet land was last autumn. […]

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West: Weather causing patchy start to spring fieldwork

As agronomists we must spend more time than most professions watching and worrying about the weather forecast, whenever I start to turn my thoughts to writing these articles I say to myself I can’t go on about the weather again, but it governs so much of our decision making that it has to be mentioned. […]

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North: Nitrogen being apllied to most needy crops

Cold weather has kept growers on the starting blocks for a month, but at least its dry enough to travel on all soils. Nitrogen (with sulphur) is being applied to the crops that actually need it now – which is about half the wheat and almost all barley. Oilseed rape without manure or sludge under […]

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