Farmers Weekly Interactive

Archive | September, 2010

East: Watch out for phoma in oilseed rape

Warm autumn days and moist soils have encouraged quick establishment of early September sown wheats and late-sown oilseed rape, although many mid to late September sown oilseed rape crops are still small and vulnerable. Generally cereal seed-beds are good or reasonable, which should, along with moist soil conditions, help maximise the efficacy of pre- and […]

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South: Start test baiting for slugs

A fair proportion of winter wheat has been drilled into excellent conditions after a good emergence of grassweeds was sprayed off pre-drilling. The recent showers have generally been welcomed, so long as they don’t go on for too long. A lot of wheat is being followed up with pre-emergence herbicides in different guises which is […]

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Spud Special: Spot disease risks early

Once again the weather is playing a big part in proceedings. Soils are now very wet in some areas after more than 3 inches of rainfall over the last 10-14 days. Seed harvest in Yorkshire seems to be progressing well with acceptable yields and generally good quality. Harvest of main crop into store has only […]

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North: Drilling campaign gains momentum

Harvest is more or less over. We’ve had some deluges of rain in the past week and we will have to see how this has affected quality in the later-harvested crops Now that fields are cleared the focus is very much on establishing next years cereal crop. Seed-beds have been tremendous so far, but again […]

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South: Prioritise herbicide use

Following our fourth rain delayed harvest on the trot, drilling is now underway in the region. With much of the oilseed rape drilled well into September it may well be necessary to apply some nitrogen in order to get the crops well enough established to go through the winter without too many problems. At the […]

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North: Harvest not over north of the border

Harvest north of the border has been a bit of a mixed bag. The south of the country is finished with variable yields dependant on water supply during the summer. In the central belt it is more or less over apart from some spring oats and beans. Yield and quality has, in general, been good […]

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West: Early nitrogen good for OSR

Rain forecast for early this week should help to encourage growth of young oilseed rape plants on thinner soils where the surface soil had just started to dry out. Some growers are applying a low dose of N while temperatures remain sufficiently high for the plant to make use of it. Once we get into […]

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South: Stack herbicides for maximum effect

The rain we’ve had over the past month may not have been ideal for harvesting but it has meant we’re starting the new cropping season with some of the most promising seedbed conditions I’ve had across my patch in recent years. Grass weeds and volunteers have all grown away well following harvest and we’re looking […]

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East: A better start than last year

Opportunities for early grassweed control look fantastic – the complete opposite of autumn 2009.  With the main bulk of cereal drilling now underway crops are generally being drilled into well prepared land that is resulting in good quality clean seedbeds.  Even where considerable amounts of blackgrass have been wiped out with glyphosate pre-drilling the priority […]

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Spud Special: Desiccation almost complete

Crops in Scotland are either burnt down or very close to being burnt down. Desiccation options this year were centred on combinations including pulverisation and chemical application particularly within the seed crops. In ware crops the options for pulverisation were more varied and many crops were being burnt down with split dose diquat which as […]

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