Know How / Crop Watch

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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POTATOES

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…

POTATOES

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. [caption id="attachment_1277559" align="alignright"…

POTATOES

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…

CROP WATCH

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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News

WEED MANAGEMENT

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…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Variable rapeseed may need pod sealant

Some oilseed rape is beginning to turn but our Crop Watch agronomists are warning pod sealant may be needed this season to deal with second waves of “mini-flowering” and ensure elasticity…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Crop Watch: Rust pressure remains high in wheat

The improved weather in recent weeks has seen wheat fungicide timings get back on schedule with the T3 ear sprays being currently applied. However, the rust threat remains high, as…

WHEAT

Crop Watch: Higher levels of loose smut in barley

A warmer than average May has seen crops motor through their growth stages and help reduce disease pressure north of the border. Even after a strange spring, there are still some surprises…

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Video

CROP WATCH

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…

CROP WATCH

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…

CROP WATCH

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…

CROP WATCH

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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