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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: Counting the cost of the spring weed challenge

June is the time when it becomes clear how effective weed strategies have been, with seed heads waving in the wind above crops. Contact herbicides struggled to give good control…

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Crop Watch: Keeping wheat crops green and manganese in beet

The priority in winter wheat and barley crops is to keep them green in the coming weeks, thereby maximising grain filling for those high yields. This may mean a rust…

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Crop Watch: Fusarium and bad year for late-emerging weeds

With T2 sprays largely complete in wheat, thoughts are turning to ear sprays and the fusarium ear blight risk. The T3 is also an opportunity to top up on control…

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Crop Watch: Rain transforms crops, but heat is needed now

Crops are responding to the wet May and are moving on, but its warmth that is needed now to help maximise yields. Especially for maize. One notable feature being reported…

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Crop Watch: Assessing impact of April drought and frosts

The rain has saved crops, although it is too late for some crops where the damage has already been inflicted. For example, winter cereals in the north have lost tillers…

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Crop Watch: Rain is welcome but it will raise risk of disease

Recent rain has been welcome for crops struggling through the long spell of early spring dry weather, although it may herald an increased fear of disease in the coming weeks.…

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Crop Watch: Spring weather cuts septoria, sclerotinia risk

The current cold, dry conditions have reduced disease pressure, especially for rain splash-spreading diseases such as septoria in wheat and sclerotinia in OSR. Crop and grass growth is also being…

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Crop Watch: Spring drilling advances but too cold for maize

The arctic April conditions continue and oilseed rape seems to be the one crop suffering the most being frosted as it starts to flower. Despite the cold, yellow rust remains…

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Crop Watch: Spring chill puts brakes on crop growth

Changeable weather with extremes in temperature is resulting in stop-start crop growth, which is making it more difficult for agronomists to predict spray timings. The cooler conditions this week are…

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Crop Watch: Drills in action as fields dry out after wet winter

Cooler conditions have meant crops have been slow to get going this spring. Crops are now into stem extension and winter barleys in the East are receiving their early fungicides…

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Crop Watch: Manganese deficiency in barley and wheat T0 plans

With the T0 sprays approaching, our agronomists weigh up disease risk, with yellow rust the main concern for crops drilled from mid-October onwards.  For barley, manganese deficiency is a particular…

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Crop Watch: Care needed to tackle weeds without crop damage

The warmer spell is seeing fields dry out and agronomists are assessing the impact of yet another wet winter on crops. Disease is being found in some crops and plans…

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Crop Watch: Planning early nutrition as temperatures rise

With spring on the horizon, our agronomists are assessing crops in the ground and planning fertiliser and other inputs for the coming weeks. Waterlogging because of yet another wet winter…

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Crop Watch: Time to consider propyzamide sprays for OSR

The unsettled weather continues to frustrate, preventing sustained amounts of field work, and the biggest concern in the south-west is that a lot of barley yellow dwarf virus sprays still…

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Crop Watch: Aphid warning for cereals in mild weather

Mild autumn weather is bringing an increase risk of aphid-spread BYDV, so agronomists are weighing up the benefits of putting the sprayer out into wet cereals fields with an insecticide.…

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Crop Watch: Good wheat drilling progress and purple leaves

Wheat and bean drilling continues, with much better progress than during last year's monsoon. However, the forecast wet means rolling is increasingly unlikely for some crops. Barley yellow dwarf virus…