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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: Blossom midge threat low as conditions stay dry

Worries about both orange and yellow blossom wheat midge have largely evaporated as the little rain experienced in the past week has not been enough to trigger a hatch, while…

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Spud Watch: Wet weather disrupts blight sprays in the North

There has been a challenging spell of weather further north, with many places receiving more than enough rain for the coming weeks ahead. Most of this rain has arrived in…

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Crop Watch: Forecast rain fuels fusarium risk in wheat

With ears now emerging (or about to) in winter wheat crops, agronomists are weighing up their options for the T3 ear spray. An unsettled forecast for this week will increase…

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Crop Watch: Wheat midge and weed control in maize

The lack of substantial rain continues to be a concern, with crop potential already being lost. Cereal crops in the East have already lost tillers.  Wheat disease programmes have largely…

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Spud Watch: Focus moves to blight and aphid control

At the time of writing, the last seed crops are being planted on the Yorkshire Wolds. The first planted ware crops are fully emerged, although cool night-time temperatures have held…

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Crop Watch: Growth regulation in barley and leaf wax warning

Fungicide sprays have gone on in good time, and even in Scotland there have been few unsuitable spray days, with disease largely being suppressed in cereals. However, recent rains have…

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Crop Watch: T2 spray decisions and leaf scorch problems

Crops are now racing through their growth stages, with winter wheat about to receive the key T2 fungicide sprays. Disease levels are relatively low and fungicide programmes are keeping a…

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Spud Watch: Focus turns to weed control

Potato planting for 2019 is drawing to a close, with many growers finishing over the past week. This has been a planting to remember, with one grower even mentioning the…

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Crop Watch: Maize drilling and seed weevil attacks

It's full steam ahead for maize drilling in the West, although soil temperatures are sitting at 10-11C. Dry conditions have meant drilling seed deeper, which may help rooks feasting on…

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Crop Watch: Protracted OSR flowering and drought

Although last week’s rain has been very welcome for crops on lighter land suffering in the dry conditions, drought remains a concern in the South and East. In the East,…

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Spud Watch: Focus on weed control after good planting

Potato planting has continued at a rapid pace, with some growers finishing in record time. Generally, conditions have been excellent, although I have seen some very ordinary seed-beds where land…

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Crop Watch: Stressed barley and drought concerns

Concerns are growing about the continued lack of rain, especially for spring crops in the East. With dry conditions in mind, some of our agronomists are tweaking their agronomy inputs,…

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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…