North: Winter wheats see improvement thanks to the rain

Winter wheats have improved after finally receiving somerain, which has allowed nitrogen to be washed in.

Flag leaves are emerging on the earlier crops and will soon beready to receive the T2 fungicide, which will be based on atriazole plus chlorothalonil mix. The addition of a goodstrobilurin will certainly be required on rust-susceptiblevarieties.

With several T1 fungicide applications delayed due to persistentstrong winds, it may be tempting to delay the T2 application. Butbe careful not to leave it too long, as Septoria tritici can soonestablish under the right conditions. Late PGR applications will berestricted to a few high lodging risk crops that aren’t under toomuch stress at present.

Some winter barleys on the heavier or wetter land have notenjoyed the season so far, with many failing to tiller well andstill appearing very open. I hope yields in these fields are betterthan expected when the combines begin to roll.

T1 fungicides have worked well and most crops are at theawns-emerged stage, so T2 fungicides are now being applied.

Spring barleys have evened up after eventually getting rain, andT1 fungicides are being applied, often mixed with a broadleavedweed herbicide due to late weed flushes.

Winter oilseed rape seems to be showing its huge compensatorypowers, with poorer crops looking much more respectable. It’salways amazing to see just how many extra side branches can beproduced from a rape plant in thinner crops.

Meanwhile, patchy establishment in spring oilseed rape is acause for concern due generally to a lack of seed-bed moisture.Fortunately, flea beetle activity has been low so far.

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