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

CROP MANAGEMENT

Biostimulants - what they are and how farmers can use them

Biostimulants are being heralded as part of the solution to many of the challenges facing today’s arable farmers - from plugging the gaps in the declining fungicide armoury to dealing…

WHEAT

Advice on minimising the damage from BYDV in cereals

Winter cereal growers are being urged to focus on cultural controls - such as delayed drilling and good weed control - to ward off a major virus disease this season…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How tackling take-all can lift winter barley yields

There is a common perception that growers don’t need to use any control measures for take-all when growing winter barley. However, experts believe there is now a growing case. Changes in barley management…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Tips on growing cereals without neonic seed treatments

Different management strategies will have to be considered if the barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) threat is going to be contained this autumn, agronomists say. Following the loss of neonicotinoid…

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Case studies

OILSEED RAPE

OSR Masters: Growers make a good start to new season

Drilling dates have varied by five weeks and costs are being kept low as our Oilseed Rape Masters get this season’s crops up and away. Adam Driver, Driver Farms, Brockley,…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How two farmers hope to make better use of crop inputs

Growers thinking about making major changes to their cropping systems are being urged to "be brave" by two AHDB Strategic Farmers who are testing out new approaches.  Whether it’s reducing fungicide…

BARLEY

Scots barley growers work together to supply one distillery

A group of Scottish malting barley growers is banding together to supply the needs of one malt whisky distillery to put them in a good position if the scotch cycle…

ARABLE

Swedish rapeseed grower tackles clubroot

Lars Baekted is stretching his crop rotation after seeing clubroot spread into his oilseed rape crops and depress yields on the Swedish farm estate he manages. His plan is to…

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Insights

VARIETY SELECTION

Key wheat varieties see slump in yellow rust rating

A network of early warning sites suggests that yellow rust is overcoming genetic resistance inherited from a key wheat parent, affecting a number of popular varieties. This spring saw several…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How better aphid tracking could reduce BYDV spraying

Aphid monitoring at an individual field level could help cereal growers make better decisions about the heightened post-neonicotinoids barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) threat this autumn. Researchers investigating tools that…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Beet growers to stay vigilant amid reports of virus yellows

Sugar beet growers are being urged to remain vigilant amid the first reports of a forgotten disease, with monitoring highlighting the much higher aphid pressure in fields this summer. Virus…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

3 high-tech gadgets for monitoring crop diseases

Within five years, farmers will be using technology to continuously monitor disease levels in crops, with the data helping to tailor their fungicides according to the risk. The problem with many diseases…

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News

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Time running out to buy key fungicide chlorothalonil

Cereal growers have just one month to buy stocks of key fungicide products containing active ingredient chlorothalonil. The multisite fungicide has been a mainstay in disease control programmes for many…

POTATOES

Bayer stops sales of key potato seed treatment Monceren

Agrochemical manufacturer Bayer has halted sales of potato seed treatment product Monceren with immediate effect amid regulatory uncertainty about its future. The product – which contains the fungicide active ingredient…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Rain and mild conditions heighten oilseed rape phoma threat

Oilseed rape growers are likely to see yield-damaging phoma disease developing earlier this season due to the mild and wet early autumn. Phoma is appearing on crops in southern England…

SUGAR BEET

Sugar beet harvest shows early high yields

Early sugar beet liftings are showing high yields, with Guy and Will Hitchcock predicting that output will be higher than the five-year average on their Suffolk family farm. Beet harvesting…

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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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