Know How / Disease management

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

PEST MANAGEMENT

Tips on growing beet without neonic seed treatments

The British Beet Research Organisation is stepping up its aphid monitoring and warning system this spring to help sugar beet growers cope with the virus yellows threat in the first season…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Resistance not to blame for loose smut outbreak

Resistance to fungicide seed treatments was not blame for last year’s outbreak of loose smut in winter barley, according to initial investigations. Last summer agronomists and farmers were seeing symptoms…

OILSEED RAPE

Why flea beetle may force changes to OSR fertiliser plans

Oilseed rape growers are being urged to check plants for cabbage stem flea beetle larvae before finalising their spring management plans for the crop. The accepted practice of measuring the…

PULSES

How to hit quality specs with marrowfat peas

Growing a profitable crop of marrowfat peas requires complete attention to detail, from seed-bed formation to harvest, as getting it wrong can lead to disappointing yields and loss of valuable…

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Case studies

BARLEY

Malting barley on heavy land pays off for Cambs grower

Bad blackgrass and the three-crop rule prompted Sam Morris into growing spring barley and last year it turned up trumps by being the most profitable crop on his heavy land…

PULSES

How to hit quality specs with marrowfat peas

Growing a profitable crop of marrowfat peas requires complete attention to detail, from seed-bed formation to harvest, as getting it wrong can lead to disappointing yields and loss of valuable…

BARLEY

Lincs grower uses seaweed to hit malting barley grade

Marcus Palmer is using cover crops and seaweed bio-stimulants to grow high yields of low-grain nitrogen barley in what many would consider non-traditional malting barley territory. The fertile silt lands…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Young agronomist tackles BYDV and fungicide costs

Using companion crops to tackle the phosphate problem in chalky soils and growing barley yellow dwarf virus-tolerant barley varieties in disease hotspots are some of novel solutions being trialled by…

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Insights

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Analysis: What a ban on fungicide chlorothalonil would mean

The multisite fungicide chlorothalonil has been a mainstay of both wheat and barley fungicide programmes since it was launched in 1964, however, UK farmers may soon be unable to use…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How farmers can help prevent 'mass extinction' of pollinators

Arable farming needs to change in order to halt declines in biodiversity and prevent one of the worst mass extinction events in history, a leading US entomologist has warned. Bold…

ARABLE

5 ways new tech can improve pesticide applications

With pressure on plant protection products from regulators and the growing problem of resistant weeds, pests and diseases, it is increasingly important to use them as accurately and effectively as…

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News

ARABLE

Septoria springs up in some Dorset wheat crops

Wheat crops in Dorset are starting to show widespread levels of septoria, with one expert planning his fungicide strategy to keep the crop’s biggest yield-robbing disease under control. Agronomist Todd…

VARIETY SELECTION

Two new wheat varieties which could cut fungicide bills

Winter wheat growers could save £15-20/ha on fungicide costs by drilling two new varieties with strong disease resistance which will be available for sowing this autumn. Milling variety Extase and…

ARABLE

Scientists apply for GM wheat and Crispr brassica field trials

Researchers at the John Innes Centre have applied to Defra for permission to carry out field trials of genetically modified (GM) wheat and a gene-edited brassica. The two small-scale field…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Testing shows light leaf spot is lurking in OSR crops

Oilseed rape growers are being urged to monitor crops for signs of light leaf spot, as leaf testing has revealed the main disease epidemic has started. Almost half (45%) of…

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Video

WEED MANAGEMENT

Video: Phone app is cheaper way to monitor crops with a drone

A new smartphone app offers farmers a cheaper and easier way to monitor their crops, simply with a mobile phone and a cheap drone. Developed by Northumbria-based Drone Ag, the…

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…

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