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Agronomists from all areas of the UK report weekly on their crop management from establishment to harvest. Keep up-to-date with their progress and the latest crop developments as the growing season progresses and key decisions on disease, pest and weed control have to be made.

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Crop Watch: Oilseed rape crops struggle after larval damage

Oilseed rape looks like being the problem crop to manage this spring with many fields badly damaged by cabbage stem flea beetle larvae and agronomists scratching their heads about how…

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Spud Watch: Consider cutting back on cultivations

The dust has been flying, with many growers starting to establish 2019’s ware and processing potato crops up and down Scotland. However, at the time of writing (5 April) rain…

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Crop Watch: Growing sclerotinia and yellow rust threats

Plenty of yellow rust is being seen in wheat crops, mainly in susceptible varieties. However, early thoughts from one of our agronomists is that 2019 could prove to be a…

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Crop Watch: OSR future questioned and healthy cleavers

While crops are much more forward than last year given the more favourable spring conditions, the one big loser is oilseed rape. Many crops are failing and it has sparked debate…

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Spud Watch: Planting starts in Yorkshire

I will start with some good news: the active aclonifen has been approved which will, hopefully, bring much-needed improvements to our herbicide armoury. I understand that it brings good control…

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Crop Watch: Wheats racing ahead and beet drilling

Some forward wheat crops have already received their T0 fungicides and Anthony Wade is predicting that leaf 3 will be fully emerged 7-10 days earlier than average. Oilseed rape is at…

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Crop Watch: Hungry wheat crops and OSR crop failures

It's take-off time as crops are now moving, with oilseed rape approaching flowering and hungry wheat crops ready for their nitrogen fertiliser.  Thoughts turn to disease control and growth regulation…

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Spud Watch: Dry winter sees fields ploughed in ideal conditions

The dry winter has broken into a damp spring, with two-thirds of 2019’s rainfall coming in the first seven days of March in the Scottish Borders. Further north into Angus…

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Crop Watch: T0 cereal spray strategies and variable oilseed rape

The effects of the unseasonably warm spell in February are now being seen, with wheat crops motoring on and oilseed rape starting stem extension.  It means agronomists' thoughts have now…

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Crop Watch: Barley disease and a later beet drilling strategy

An abundance of foliar diseases is being reported in winter barley crops by agronomists in the West and North. David Martindale points to brown rust, which thanks to a unseasonably…

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Spud Watch: Dry weather sees timely pre-planting fertiliser

So as another season approaches, I wonder what this one has in store for us? I’m lucky enough to have spent the last seven weeks in New Zealand walking seed…

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Crop Watch: OSR disease concerns and variable weed control

Unseasonal conditions have seen good progress with cultivations, spring drilling and fertiliser applications, even in some parts of Scotland. Crops are generally coming out of the winter looking good, especially…

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Crop Watch: Hungry crops get first spring fertiliser dose

Many crops are receiving their first fertiliser dressing of the season to kick start growth and build up canopies. Fears of last year have prompted farmers to get fertiliser on…

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Crop Watch: Crops well forward after dry winter

Our Crop Watch agronomists report drier-than-average conditions right across the country after just 10mm of rain in December in some places. This has resulted in good rooting and conditions that…

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Crop Watch: Cultivate now to get ahead for spring

As crops receive their last sprays in what has been a kind if dry autumn, thoughts are turning to how to ensure spring crops get the best start in the…

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Crop Watch: Concerns grow over propyzamide timing in OSR

This autumn is proving to be one that requires nerves of steel. A lot of patience was needed with delayed drilling to get a good blackgrass kill and now it’s…