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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: Monster OSR crops and a slug headache

The mild autumn has been perfect for slugs, and their control has been a bit of a headache, especially in wheat crops following OSR as well as rye crops in…

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Crop Watch: Mildew in cereals and propyzamide timings in OSR

A warm mild autumn means there is more mildew in evidence this autumn in Scotland. The small amounts of net blotch and rhynchosporium in winter barley will need monitoring and…

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Crop Watch: Good beet-lifting conditions and promising OSR

A more favourable autumn has seen good establishment of winter cereals, while OSR crops have motored on with the mild temperatures. The drier weather is also leading to much better…

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Crop Watch: Flea beetle larvae in OSR and barley disease

The latest observations from our Crop Watch agronomists reveal that winter barley crops have benefitted from the mild autumn with, but disease has also prospered with net blotch and mildew…

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Crop Watch: Romping OSR crops and BYDV warnings

Largely fine conditions have seen good progress on winter cereal drilling, with good seed-beds. However, rapid growth of OSR in October means these forward crops may need careful management next…

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Crop Watch: Herbicide shortages and winter bean drilling

The recent rain has been welcome, especially in the dry North, where concerns had been growing about the efficacy of residual herbicides for early-drilled cereals.  A shortage of glyphosate was…

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Crop Watch: Wheat drilling and phoma risk in OSR

Disease levels have been low in oilseed rape crops, but the recent rain has now increased the risk of phoma, and leaf lesions are already being seen in the North.…

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Crop Watch: Rain helps residual herbicides and slugs

Cereal drilling has been progressing well and recent rain will help with residual herbicide efficacy. However, it also raises the slug threat. Aphids are being seen in plentiful numbers thanks…

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Crop Watch: BYDV warning as cereal drilling starts early

After two wet autumns, the cereal drilling season has got off to an early start and there are concerns over the implications for blackgrass control and the barley yellow dwarf…

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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…