Farmers Weekly Interactive

Archive | June, 2010

North: Plenty of sunshine for grain filling

Combining peas are growing fast and are beginning to flower.  Aphid numbers are building thanks to the recent warm weather. In most cases are exceeding threshold levels so will require an insecticide.  It is also time to consider a fungicide as pod set approaches and although disease pressure is low in the dry weather, most […]

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West: Barley harvest approaching fast

Given the recent hot and dry conditions bets are being placed as to when winter barley harvest will start.  Crops on lighter ground are ‘going off’  fast.  Wheat on drought prone land is also showing signs of moisture stress and is not a pretty site. In wheat, diseases continue to be conspicuous by there absence.  […]

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East: Review of blackgrass contol

Combing peas have received their second fungicide, which included an aphicide plus pyrethroid for pea moth. A second dose of manganese was included for the prevention of marsh spot. Spring beans have, or will be having, their second fungicide, which will include an insecticide for bruchid beetle if required. Vining peas are being monitored for […]

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South: Hot weather ups brown rust risk

England 2, Germany 2, it should have been. Rain in June, we should have had. Neither of the two events happened and that means England come back and wait for another four years. We shall have to wait for one year and hopefully rains will come at the right time next year. The light chalky […]

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North: Disease and weeds arrive

At long last rain has arrived, although amounts vary depending on where you live in the country. As a consequence all crops have improved; even the much maligned winter barleys have nudged themselves over my Wellington boot tops.  The price of fertiliser has been released and as predicted starts in the £200 plus area. The […]

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Spud Special: Aphids and alternaria

If ever there was any doubt that the east/west divide still existed, then I am sure regarding climatic conditions, it does. In early June I emptied over two inches of rainfall from my rain gauge, with less than half an inch falling in parts of the Vale of York and further west into Cheshire and […]

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West: Two weeks until OSR desiccation

Wheat T3 started 2 weeks ago and was completed by the end of last week, with all varieties flowering. Grafton was the earliest and was flowering by Friday 11th June, this variety looks very well and just hope it yields well so that we can increase the acreage going in after winter oilseed rape. All […]

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South: A few crops still need attention

Most spraying programmes have now been completed and short of some unusual problems, the gate is shut until harvest. There are, however, a few exceptions. Spring peas have not had a fungicide yet since the weather has been unusually dry. I have also seen some pea aphids at a very low level so vigilance will […]

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East: The end is in sight

Apart from some of the later-drilled cereals, most spraying work is up to date. The decision whether to T3 or not was largely dictated by the amounts of rain that people had as the crop was about to flower. Orange blossom midge in this part of the world did not feature highly on many farms, […]

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East: Nearly time to shut the gate

Further east, showers have tended to be lighter and more sporadic with some areas receiving less than 10mm during the first half of June and nothing during May and April.  However, in all areas the recent rain has been very welcome, falling at a crucial time for yield building. Just before the rain, dry conditions […]

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