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Get advice on managing disease in wheat, barley, oilseed rape, potatoes, and sugar beet. Find the best ways to combine cultural and chemical controls and how to deal with fungicide resistance. See tips, insights and farmer case studies focusing on major disease threats such as septoria, yellow rust, ramularia, phoma leaf spot and blight and how to combat them.

Advice and tips

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Tips on managing BYDV without neonic seed treatments

The loss of neonicotinoid seed treatments means that cereal growers will be up against it when it comes to barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) control in the future, according to…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

What the neonic seed treatment ban means for sugar beet

Next year’s sugar beet crop will be at greater risk from virus yellows, due to the loss of seed treatment control measures. This follows confirmation that the sale and supply…

SUGAR BEET

How to manage disease in sugar beet crops

An Essex sugar beet grower hopes to recapture his high yielding ways and produce one of the UK’s top-yielding fields, by focusing on disease and weed control in the coming…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Why fusarium risk is rising in wheat and how to manage it

With rising incidence of fusarium ear blight and changes to mycotoxin legal limits on the horizon, experts are advising wheat growers to adopt a more water-tight, integrated approach to minimising…

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Archive

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Concerns over fusarium levels in wheat crops

Harvest 2017 has started. The earliest we can remember for many years with winter barley showing slightly improved quality and yield compared with 2016. By the time you are reading…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Robust wheat T2 fungicide in wet Cornwall

I think I have been luckier than most with the rainfall in the past month. At the end of April the winter barley and oilseed rape were looking pretty good, but…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Variable rate PGR lifts wheat yield by 0.4t/ha

Well, here we are in 2017. Let’s hope it’s not such a tumultuous year as 2016 when politics on both sides of the pond suddenly became interesting. This year, elections…

CROP WATCH

Spud Watch: Slow start to harvest but quality OK

The potato harvest is under way in the north of Scotland – a slightly later start than the last couple of years, but conditions are currently good. The spell of…

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Case studies

CROP MANAGEMENT

Kent grower's second wheat crop measures up to first

Good variety selection, improved soils and the use of seed dressings has paid off for Kent grower Terry Metson by keeping take-all at bay and lifting his second wheat yields…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How one farmer slashed fertiliser and fungicide use in wheat

The cost of wheat disease control has been rocketing over recent years, with some farms now using five or even six fungicide applications to protect yield. Unhappy with being dragged down…

POTATOES

Video: Early potato harvest start is worst for 40 years

Brothers Peter and Philip Le Maistre are sixth-generation Jersey farmers and for them this potato season has been the worst since covering spuds with plastic started to be used on…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How Velcourt manages its wheat fungicide spend

Britain’s biggest farming company, Velcourt, spent an economical £90/ha keeping its 16,000ha of winter wheat free of serious disease last year, and this season the spend is set to be…

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Insights

FARM POLICY

Why growers must reduce reliance on pesticides

Growers are being urged to highlight the responsible approach they take to crop management – or face the prospect of further restrictions as the government pursues a “green” Brexit. The…

ARABLE

How fungicide data is helping to combat potato blight strain

Fungicide use data reveal that potato growers have already adapted their strategies to manage a new resistant strain of blight, although more needs to be done to combat the threat…

OILSEED RAPE

3 ways growth regulators will raise rapeseed yields

There are three different ways that a growth regulator can increase oilseed rape yields, thereby helping farmers maximise their returns. Last harvest will be remembered as a good rapeseed year.…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Research could slash fungicide use in wheat by nearly 40%

Mention variable rate fungicides and many farmers think of adjusting rates across a field based on crop biomass measured using a tractor-mounted sensor. However, fungicide rates could also be varied…

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News

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Learning disease lessons as harvest kicks off

Harvest has already arrived for some winter barley crops on light land and our agronomists are looking at the lessons for next season. One factor that our agronomist agree on…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Growers count cost of drought and blackgrass

A lack of rainfall in recent weeks may have helped curb some disease threats such as potato blight in the North, but there are growing concerns on the impact of…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Wheat fungicide to help fight disease resistance

A wheat fungicide that could help fight disease resistance to septoria leaf blotch could be launched in the next few years by agrochemical giants Sumitomo and BASF. The new active…

WHEAT

Essex wheat looks good, despite dry weather

One Essex wheat crop is looking good despite receiving little rain, although there is a worry that high temperatures next week may limit the grain-filling process. Ed Ford, who grows…

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Video

POTATOES

Video: Early potato harvest start is worst for 40 years

Brothers Peter and Philip Le Maistre are sixth-generation Jersey farmers and for them this potato season has been the worst since covering spuds with plastic started to be used on…

POTATOES

Video: Jersey early potato yields dip 20% after frosty February

Jersey’s early potato harvest is almost a month late this spring, with yields expected to be down one-fifth after the Beast from the East frosted off young plants barely out…

ARABLE

Video: Crop Doctor sees septoria rising to worrying levels

Disease levels are rising in the nation’s wheat crops with the wet weather likely to encourage septoria to spread and put growers on alert to make sure their fungicide programmes…

ARABLE

Video: How to manage forward rapeseed crops

Oilseed rape growers need to fine-tune their spring applications of fertiliser and growth regulator to avoid them getting too lush after a kind autumn and winter. Adjusting inputs on a…

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