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

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How to grow septoria resistant wheat in the west

The highest rating for Septoria on the recommended list is held by breakthrough milling wheat variety Extase. Lucinda Dann met a Herefordshire grower to find out his experience of growing…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Analysis: Can farmers be less reliant on fungicides?

Cereal growers looking to reduce their growing costs are increasingly questioning the need for four-spray fungicide programmes. With the focus on many farms shifting to soil health and sustainable farming…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How new insecticide for virus yellows will help beet growers

An emergency authorisation for foliar insecticide Biscaya (thiacloprid) use in sugar beet is expected to be published this month, bolstering virus yellows control options this summer. Without neonicotinoid insecticide seed…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How to save up to £50/ha on your wheat fungicide programme

Wheat growers could be saving up to £50/ha on fungicide costs by using the latest more disease-resistant varieties coupled with late drilling in the autumn. Choosing varieties such as Graham,…

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Case studies

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How a Wilts grower is raising yields with attention to soil

Edward Parsons is looking to get more out of his soils by chopping straw, adding manure and varying his seed rates, and he is reaping the benefits as wheat yields…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Oxford grower cuts costs with a two-spray wheat fungicide strate...

Mark Oldroyd is looking to cut his wheat fungicide costs by moving to a two-spray programme using a variety with good disease resistance allied with delayed drilling in the autumn.…

OILSEED RAPE

How top oilseed rape growers achieve high yields

Two leading Scottish Borders oilseed rape growers’ focus on crop establishment and nutrition has led them to push their average farm yields towards the 5t/ha barrier. David Fuller manages 650ha…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Farmer uses own field trial to find optimum nitrogen rate

Thomas Todd is using his own field trials on his farm to give him the optimum nitrogen fertiliser rate for his malting spring barley and the best septoria disease control…

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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

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

AHDB launches revamped sclerotinia alert service

The AHDB has launched a beefed up sclerotinia risk alert service ahead of the oilseed rape flowering sprays, aimed at helping growers manage the disease. Sclerotinia is a fungal disease…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Septoria disease creeps into Oxfordshire wheat crops

Septoria disease is being seen in wheat crops in south Oxfordshire, which are racing ahead in the early spring and set the reach the key T1 fungicide timing by mid-month.…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Pesticide changes this March growers need to know

Two changes to pesticide labels plus the need for farmers to keep on top of their spray store stock ahead of a spate of withdrawals next year are the key…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Fluoxastrobin makes UK debut for sclerotinia control in OSR

A fungicide containing fluoxastrobin is available for the first time in the UK for the control of sclerotinia in winter oilseed rape. Severe outbreaks of sclerotinia stem rot can lead to…

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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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