Farmers Weekly Interactive

Archive | March, 2011

North: Barley crops not looking their best

Despite the large quantities of chlorpyrifos applied for wheat bulb fly, dead hearts are easily found in wheat crops. Some crops have been badly affected and will need tender loving care to nurse them through! Plant populations are good and a warm rain would push the crops to rapid growth. Yellow rust is present on […]

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West: Winter linseed looking good

One should never wish for rain, but it is very dry and nitrogen applied to cereals some three weeks ago is only just being taken up. Light-land cereals are looking somewhat pale and sorry for themselves. There are rumours that we may get wet on Wednesday – let’s hope so. Frosts are still occurring and […]

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East: Only oilseed rape is at stem extension

Despite the warm weekdays we have had, the night temperatures have been cold and this has reflected on the lack of growth in many cereals in this area. The colour has improved, but growth has not. Further north of me, some crops on the lighter soils are near to GS31, but here some might be […]

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South: Explosion in pollen beetle numbers

Last month I complained about the wet conditions. Since then we have had the driest March I can remember. Can we now have some rain please? Crops are currently quite stressed, nitrogen uptake is being limited by the dry conditions and this has steadied up the growth of most crops. Oilseed rape crops on light gravely land needs […]

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East: Monitor wheats for yellow rust

Wheels have been turning during the last fortnight as drier weather has allowed good conditions for spring drilling and pre-emergence sprays. Many sugar beet crops were drilled during the second and third weeks of March and are now close to emergence. Warming temperatures and recently applied nitrogen have accelerated crop growth, whilst increasing day length […]

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West: Foliar disease prevalent in cereals

The vast majority of wheat and barley crops have come out of the winter looking well structured with a bigger leaf area index than we have seen for a few years. On the whole, this is desirable, but it has led to a rapid build up of foliar diseases within crops. Wheats are showing high levels of […]

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Spud Special: Potato planting starts in areas

There is a degree of optimism around the potato area of Scotland. The ground drying and the sun shining on the backs of all potato men is certainly helping.   Sale prices that are currently being achieved are covered when you examine production costs. But the range of knowledge of actual costs of production among growers […]

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North: Wheat bulb fly threat is high

After a couple of weeks of inactivity, everyone had been wondering whether when we would be able to travel on the ground. But a couple of days of dry weather has brought renewed optimism. The fertiliser spinners and seed drills are out again – and there’s even a hint of sprayers being warmed up. Any […]

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South: Blackgrass and wild oats need controlling

Having been away for a couple of weeks, the biggest difference I have seen on my return is the fact that you can actually travel over the ground. What a difference a bit of dry weather makes. Outstanding spray tickets have been wrapped up, fertiliser has been applied, and spring drilling is well under way. […]

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East: Gearing up for T0 fungicides

What a difference a couple of weeks make. Our days are lengthening visibly now and, despite sporadic frosts, temperatures are building nicely and crops are growing away strongly. Our early fertiliser dressings are in full swing, together with winter post-emergence sprays to hit any surviving blackgrass. And we’re gearing-up for T0 fungicide and PGR spraying, […]

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