North: Selling in a volatile market

We are just tidying up the last head sprays on wheat.
They’re always a must for us, as we have a longer growing season,
and although we’re not high risk for fusarium, talk of wheat
rejections is topical.

Given the generally lower yield potential, and growers wanting
to keep within a budget, we’re seeing a lot more tebuconazole-based
T3 sprays.

Despite the lower potential wheats generally look better than I
expected. We’ve managed to keep on top of disease and haven’t
noticed any yellow rust. But we used a robust septoria programme,
which takes care of it.

I don’t think we’ll see too many growers altering their variety
choice on back of this, but the seed season is only just

The skill with wheat is knowing how much crop we’ll have and
when will be the best time to market it. The market again appears
very volatile.

With any luck we shall see a lot of ground returned to a proper
rotation, and dry conditions should allow time to correct the last
season’s structural damage.

Seed dressing choices will become more important, and as this is
our first year without IPU, herbicide programmes will need to be
reviewed. It was also pretty apparent at Cereals that growers are
aware of Metaldehyde Stewardship and keen to do as much as possible
to protect this active.

Spring barleys vary depending on rainfall best described as
sporadic. Some crops have suffered from drought leaving them quite
thin after tillers died.

This has produced a second flush of weeds in some crops and I
can see us having to tidy many up with pre-harvest glyphosate
especially if secondary tillers appear.

Winter barley on brashier ground is turning so we can expect an
early harvest, which will allow plenty of time to get seed-beds
right for oilseed rape.

Spring beans have had rain just in time at flowering so should
reach full yield potential. We seem to be on top of downy mildew
and crops on the whole look clean.

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