1 March 1996

Treatment looks good

"CLEAR visual differences" soon showed between winter wheat treated with a new seed treatment due to be launched this year and a current mercury replacement.

So says Simon Knight, agronomist at Aubourn Farming, Lincs, where the Uniroyal Chemical, coded UBI6475, was used in a split-field trial.

The new treatment meant that the crop of Charger, sown towards the end of Nov after sugar beet, emerged two days earlier and was thicker and "far more uniform," says Mr Knight. However it is too soon to comment on its disease control properties, he adds.

Seed supplier Andrew Smith is also impressed with the better root development seen with the new product. He believes it could help the crop withstand drought later this year.