Farmers Weekly Interactive

Archive | October, 2011

North: Atlantis now being applied to wheat

On the whole, crop establishment in North Yorkshire has been very good. Rainfall for September was 43mm and October is 64mm leading to near ideal growing conditions with only one frost.   However, as the year draws to a close, we are still 250mm of rain short of our long-term average and with the long […]

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South: Timing right for follow-up blackgrass sprays

Oilseed rape crops are romping through the growth stages with some very large canopies present. The warm conditions are suiting the crop rather too well. Even so, I was rather surprised to find DK Cabernet, drilled at the end of the second week in September, already over 30cm tall. The dry conditions have slowed the spread of […]

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West: Late maize harvest delays some wheat drillings

With much of the southwest wheat crop due to be planted after maize, a late maize harvest inevitably means that the following wheat is going to be late-drilled. The more favourable maize sites have only been marginally later to harvest this year than normal. But in the more marginal areas, maize crops are weeks later […]

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Spud special: Potato harvest nears end

Most, if not all crops, have now been harvested with some huge yields reported. Quality is variable with the main challenge ahead probably marketing and moving the crop.   I am hearing reports of some store breakdown, particularly where harvest into store continued during the very hot and dry weather in September. The first ground […]

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East: Dry weather continues to frustrate

A lack of rainfall is continuing to cause problems, especially for later drilled and second wheats. Earlier drilled cereals have generally established well and are at early tillering stages. Dry seed-beds have resulted in variable performance from residual herbicides and in some places SU grassweed herbicide treatments have already been made.  If conditions remain relatively mild there may yet be […]

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East: The dry weather continues

The dry weather continues. At the time of writing large parts of my area have received less than 25mm of rain this autumn. As such the seedbeds are still relatively open, and the residual herbicides used to date are unlikely to have created as good a chemical seal as last year. That said, you can […]

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South: Over-healthy OSR crops a welcome problem

After an awful summer we moved into a very dry and unusually warm autumn drilling season. Consequently the winter crops went in to very good conditions and many growers have finished earlier than expected. There are a few winter beans to go in but generally speaking everybody seems to be wrapped up. Most emerged crops look […]

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North: Attention turns to Atlantis

The vast majority of oilseed rape and cereals crops look really well. The exception has been patchy emergence of cereals on the heavier land but these areas are now beginning to fill in.   In wheat attention now turns to using Atlantis (mesosulfuron-methyl and iodosulfuron-methyl) plus a residual partner when the blackgrass has 1-3 leaves. […]

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West: Challenging conditions for pre-em herbicides

Once again rainfall across the region has been very variable, with some areas receiving heavy showers but most still being excessively dry for the time of year. In many later-drilled wheat crops germination is patchy, with seed sitting in dry soil. On the plus side, so far there is no sign of blue mould on the […]

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South: Make time for blackgrass control

Things have changed little since my input last month – the dry weather has continued except a few millimetres of rain a couple of weeks ago.   Early-drilled crops with roots in moisture are growing well, albeit rather slowly, but later cereal crops drilled in the first week of October are standing still and starting […]

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