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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: Time to consider propyzamide sprays for OSR

The unsettled weather continues to frustrate, preventing sustained amounts of field work, and the biggest concern in the south-west is that a lot of barley yellow dwarf virus sprays still…

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Crop Watch: Aphid warning for cereals in mild weather

Mild autumn weather is bringing an increase risk of aphid-spread BYDV, so agronomists are weighing up the benefits of putting the sprayer out into wet cereals fields with an insecticide.…

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Crop Watch: Good wheat drilling progress and purple leaves

Wheat and bean drilling continues, with much better progress than during last year's monsoon. However, the forecast wet means rolling is increasingly unlikely for some crops. Barley yellow dwarf virus…

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Crop Watch: Wet October sees rotting crops and phoma in OSR

Extreme wet weather in early October has left its mark, with crops rotting in the ground in the west, resulting in crop failures. Damage is also evident in the north,…

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Crop Watch: Wet frustrates wheat drilling and weed plans

The wet October weather continues to frustrate drilling progress across parts of the UK, and it is also resulting in a greater amount of crop effect from the pre-emergence herbicides.…

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Crop Watch: Windy harvest sees greater volunteer threat

Weed control is the focus for our agronomists this week, with farmers advised to only drill when conditions allow the immediate application of pre-emergence herbicides. Grassweeds are proving to be…

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Crop Watch: Blackgrass surge and OSR herbicide cut-offs

There are worrying amounts of blackgrass emerging through the crops that have already been drilled, which will test pre-emergence herbicide stacks this autumn and may lead to some growers wishing…

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Crop Watch: BYDV in cereals and phoma in OSR

Cereal drilling has started earlier this year and aphids are being easily found in early-drilled cereal crops, bringing the risk of barley yellow dwarf virus. Sprays may be needed to…

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Crop Watch: Weed and disease fears for early-drilled wheat

Oilseed rape crops are looking surprisingly good, with the cabbage stem flea beetle attacks being less severe than last year. However, concerns are growing that farmers are being tempted to…

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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.…