All Crop Watch news

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: Slug warning for slow-emerging cereals

The increased threat from slugs is a key concern for our agronomists this week, as it is not too wet or cold for their activity in crops that farmers have…

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Crop Watch: Barley glut sees growers persist with wheat

One of the wettest autumns for years continues to dominate crop agronomy, with growers unable to tackle the rising disease threat to oilseed rape and to hit weeds in the…

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Crop Watch: Drilling woes and OSR propyzamide sprays

With no let up in the wet conditions, the wheat drilling headache continues, with fears growing that crop will not get drilled. For those crops in the ground, barley yellow…

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Crop Watch: Herbicide crop damage and OSR disease warnings

For those growers who are lucky enough to get some wheat drilling done, there is a greater risk of crop damage with poorer quality seed-beds, warn agronomists. A combination of…

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Crop Watch: Rising threat from slugs and BYDV

While attention is still focused on trying to establish winter crops whenever there is a break in the weather, with only around 25% of crops planted in some areas, the…

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Crop Watch: OSR crops written off and cereals not drilled

It is proving to be a very challenging autumn for many arable farmers, with one agronomist estimating that 35% of his oilseed rape has already been written off in the…

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Crop Watch: Rain forces change to herbicide programmes

While growers in the West are still to finish harvest and deal with severe ruts before the winter, growers in the North have managed more than 80% of drilling in…

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Crop Watch: Rain puts pressure on delayed wheat drilling

The wet spell continues and there are fears that growers could lose their nerve on delayed drilling of wheat. Persistent wet weather is also affecting weed strategies, with many of…

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Crop Watch: Weed strategies in wheat and rust alert in beet

The recent rain is welcome, with growers and agronomist hoping it will stimulate a flush of blackgrass prior to wheat drilling. A high blackgrass dormancy year means robust residual herbicide…

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Crop Watch: Flea beetle woes and dry soils in the South

Cabbage stem flea beetle is once again proving to be a real challenge for oilseed rape growers. Some crops in the South have already been lost to the devastating pest,…

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Crop Watch: Aphids thriving after prolonged wet spell

Our Crop Watch agronomists are reporting high levels of aphids in both peas and beans as a result of the wet spell, with insecticides being needed to keep them under…

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Spud Watch: Cool temperatures keep blight risk low

At the time of writing, the weather has turned from dry, but cool, to very wet and cool. Thus far, on the eastern side of North Yorkshire, we have escaped…

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Crop Watch: Soggy weather triggers fusarium alert

The rain in recent days has been welcomed by arable farmers, as it will keep parched crops going through the critical grain-fill period. All crops need now is some sunshine.…

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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…