Farmers Weekly Interactive

Archive | September, 2011

North: Slug pressure low as drilling speeds ahead

Drilling is progressing at a fantastic pace due to settled weather. Good seed-beds are being achieved with the earliest winter wheat crops now at the two- to three-leaf stage. If no insecticide seed dressing has been used, such as Deter, then these early crops will soon need treating with a pyrethroid insecticide to control aphids. […]

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South: Millipede damage suspected in oilseed rape

After a frustratingly late end to harvest most people managed to get their winter rape drilled and most is now growing away, albeit slowly. I had my suspicions that something other than slugs was nipping it off below the surface when a colleague suggested he had the same suspicions and suggested it might be millipedes. […]

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West: Warm weather boost for OSR needed

Autumn fieldwork is proceeding well. Some growers have already finished drilling, some are yet to start. There have been good conditions for false seedbeds to do their work, with occasional showers to keep the soil moist and producing a useful flush of brome and blackgrass, to be killed with glyphosate. Oilseed rape has established well but […]

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East: Stale seed beds less effective this year

We have had a very smooth drilling period with little interference from the weather. I wish the same could be said about the chemical applications. We seem to have had weeks of high winds. The fact that OSR broad-leaved weed sprays have been delayed may have compromised control – particular weeds that may cause concern […]

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East: On the lookout for phoma

Oilseed rape crops are still growing away, especially the earlier-drilled ones though some of the later stands that had emergence problems after heavy downpours are also looking good. If the weather remains warm and wet we will have to think about regulating some crops.   Seed dressings so far are holding up and slug damage is […]

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South: Problems ahead for grass weed control?

A trying harvest is at last done. On the plus side we have had some remarkable record-breaking yields. Oilseed rape crops have topped 5t/ha and all other crops apart from spring beans have yielded as well as ever. This despite a very dry spring when spring barley fields looked like fields in a desert in […]

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West: Oilseed rape has established well

Another autumn and another crop year comes round again. Harvest is largely complete save for a few acres of linseed. Variety performance trials results have been digested and we are starting to chew the fat on some of the fungicide data.    Variety selection is best made on five years’ data rather than one – […]

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North: Green crops make for late harvest finish

Despite dire warnings over the tail end of Hurricane Katia at the start of last week, it all turned out well as most Lancashire farmers were finally able to wrap up wheat harvest.   About half has been gathered in four days – the longest run of decent harvesting weather there has been this year - though […]

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Spud Special: Flooded fields affect potato quality

The tail end of Hurricane Katia and heavy showers since have not helped the already slow potato harvest in the east of Scotland. Torrential rain has left all but the freest draining land at field capacity although “above average levels of sunshine for the east of Scotland” are predicted for the next month. So let’s […]

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South: Oilseed rape up and away

More than 100 mm of August rain across much of my patch didn’t exactly make for an easy harvest. But it has given us another promising start to the new cropping season, with oilseed rape plantings well up on previous years. Most of our rape is now in and growing away. We grow a significant […]

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