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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.



Spud Watch: Imazalil label change creates headache

Harvest has been relatively straightforward to date with many seed potato growers having completed lifting the crop. For ware growers, the dry soil conditions have caused some issues with bruising…


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…


Spud Watch: Blight scarce but watch out for aphids

Generally, weather conditions down the east coast have been dull and damp, with very little sunshine throughout June so far. If I were a gambling man I might take a…


Agronomists report maize weed concerns

This season has been the time of the aphid, according to AICC agronomist Tod Hunnisett, who highlights widespread barley yellow dwarf virus being seen in cereals One pest Frontier’s Marcus…

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Potato crops will suffer if heatwave continues for too long

Like the rest of the country, it has been a bit tropical in the North of late. We had about 20mm of rain on 20 June and since then, the…


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: 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…


Spud Watch: Dry weather reduces blight pressure

Seed planting was completed by the end of the first week in June, with the last of the pre-emergence herbicides being applied, at the time of writing. Weed control has been…

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North: Slug menace continues

Drilling progress is a real mixed bag, ranging from those who have hardly drilled any cereals, to those who are progressing well and will soon be finished. Soil type, quantity…

North: OSR stem bases weakened by storms

All crops have benefitted from the April rains although it has severely delayed T1 fungicide applications to wheat, with many applied with leaf two showing.  With flag leaves now emerging…

East: More rain and sunshine please

At this critical time for crop development and growth it is likely that the continued dry and cool conditions will impact on yields.  However, September drilled wheats in good soil…

North: Why Winter Barley?

What a difference a volcano makes! Not a 70s Motown classic, but a brief dose of reality. It would appear that this international crisis should have little impact on mainstream…

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