15-minute septoria test

Free septoria diagnostic kits, which detect S. tritici before leaf symptoms are visible, are available for 200 growers or advisers to evaluate this season. Available from BASF, each kit comprises 10 tests and gives results in 15 minutes, says BASF”s Tony Grayburn. “The results will be very useful for growers and advisers unsure of disease levels prior to the key T1 timing.” Kits will be sent on a first-come, first-served basis to growers emailing agro.marcomms1@ BASF-plc.co.uk

 nematicide courses 

BAYER CROPSCIENCE has extended its nematicide stewardship training courses after strong demand from growers. Four extra courses will run next week (from Mar 21) in Yorks, Cambs, Herefords and Shrops. The three-month programme was launched last December to give potato, carrot and parsnip growers advice on incorporating nematicides, says the firm”s Bill Lankford. Contact Bayer Assist (0845 6092266).