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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: Very short crops and a grain aphid invasion

As the season to forget inches closer to harvest, it looks as if the short crops will make combining just as challenging as the rest of the year. Spring barley,…

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Crop Watch: Ergot in spring wheat and OSR desiccation

The rain has finally arrived, but for many crops it has come too late. While it will help some crops, rain brings other potential challenges, such as a flush of…

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Crop Watch: Rain increases fusarium risk in wheat crops

The rain has finally arrived in parts of the UK, although with some wheat crops flowering, it raises the risk of fusarium. Crops are very variable and the wide range…

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Crop Watch: Agronomists target rust with T3 sprays in wheat

The yellow rust threat continues in wheat crops, and some growers will be using the upcoming T3 ear spray to top up protection against the disease. It may also be…

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Crop Watch: Blackgrass control and the damaging drought

This season has seen the perfect storm for yellow rust, with spray misses in some varieties now dead, while the very dry conditions have kept septoria at bay. However, growers…

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Crop Watch: Parched crops and failing spring barley

This season is turning into one that many farmers and agronomists will want to forget, and harvest can't come soon enough to see the back of many poor and patchy…

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Crop Watch: Key fungicide loss adds misery in wrecked season

The extremely challenging season continues and the recent rains have resulted in the expected flush of weeds, aided by dry soils cracking  which is enabling seed to germinate at depth.…

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Crop Watch: Fast-growing weeds and still too dry in Scotland

The recent rain in some parts of the UK has been very welcome, helping to revive stressed crops. However, it also brings its own problems. In wheat, the emphasis move…

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Crop Watch: Rust alert in winter cereals and maize drilling

The recent warm weather has seen pest and disease pressure rise, with yellow and brown rusts being the current threats in wheat crops. This has led to tweaks to the…

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Crop Watch: Drought forces changes to PGR and weed strategies

It is proving to be a very challenging season of extremes, with wet fields rapidly turning into dust, and drought-like conditions causing new headaches for agronomists.  One example is what…

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Crop Watch: Crops suffer in dry spell and combining maize

The winter monsoon has given way to a spring drought and the lack of rain is set to affect spring crop establishment, along with winter crops that are in desperate…

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Crop Watch: Good drilling progress and virus threat in beet

The change in weather means spring drilling is well under way and crops are largely going into better seed-beds than could have been hoped for just a couple of weeks…

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Crop Watch: Winter barley disease and Plasticine-like soils

Spring is perhaps finally here, and many growers are making good progress on drilling, except on heavy land, which is still too wet to work. Conditions are still challenging, with…

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Crop Watch: Yellow rust alert for forward wheats

Yellow rust is being seen in some susceptible wheat varieties, especially the forward crops, and a rust-active azole is likely to be included in the T0 mix to keep on…

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Crop Watch: Cautious start to spring drilling on light land

Most oilseed rape is at the green bud stage and in wheat, septoria is being found on lower leaves as a pool of infection. If we see warm, wet weather…

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Crop Watch: Weeds to be priority when sprayers can travel

Managing weeds is proving to be a headache for our agronomists this week, as many cereals that have been established have not had any herbicides applied. In Scotland, some crops…