Know How / Wheat / Crop management

Every season throws up its challenges when it comes to managing wheat crops for optimum performance, from seasonal factors influencing diseases, such as septoria, and pest pressures to weed control and the ever-present challenge of blackgrass. Stay up-to-date with the latest thinking on wheat crop agronomy and how new technologies are being applied to solve complex issues.

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SOILS

Is undersowing cereal crops with clover the next big thing?

Growing a permanent clover understory beneath cash crops known as a "living mulch" could provide an effective way to control weeds, fix nitrogen and boost farm productivity. In a field…

WHEAT

Biscuit wheat variety shows robust performance in Lincs

Brian Hammond is “more than likely” to be growing the biscuit-making wheat variety Merit commercially next season after a robust performance as a seed crop. The south Lincolnshire farm manager…

WHEAT

Newcomer feed wheat variety impresses in Suffolk

Feed wheat variety Saki is new to the AHDB Recommended List and is looking good in the field this summer. We visit Suffolk wheat grower, Tony Pulham, to find out…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Extreme weather prompts fertiliser and rotation shake-up

Developing a sustainable rotation which improves soil health and nitrogen use efficiency while controlling blackgrass burdens is a key focus of the AHDB’s Taunton Monitor Farm. Farming 280ha of silty…

WHEAT

Quality wheat variety gains a band of keen followers

Andrew Robinson is set to sharply increase his area of Extase winter wheat next year as this season’s crop looks “phenomenal” and is very clear of disease. The variety has…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How a Cornish grower keeps wheat diseases at bay

The Cornish climate governs Mike Hambly’s wheat growing approach, which is why he uses the latest varieties and chemistry to keep crops clear from lodging, sprouting and the wet-weather disease…

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CROP MANAGEMENT

Rotation planning: How should you plan for future changes?

Rotation planning for the next few years should start with the acknowledgement that nothing is cast in stone anymore, say agronomists and consultants. After two consecutive wet autumns and dry…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Novel fungicide widens T2 options for wheat growers

The arrival of the new fungicide Univoq gives wheat growers an alternative to established SDHI-azole products used at the T2 flag leaf timing, and will add much-needed resilience to disease…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Crop Doctor: Rain heightens wheat disease risk at T2 timing

Wheat growers are being urged to try out new chemistry for their all-important flag leaf fungicide sprays at the end of this month as yield responses from these novel products…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Advice on keeping wheat green to maximise yields

Wheat growers need to keep their crops green for as long as possible after flowering, to intercept the maximum amount of sunlight and so enhance grain filling and hence yield.…

PEST MANAGEMENT

How farms can reduce insecticides with natural pest control

A diverse landscape with lots of habitat is the best way to encourage the beneficial insects that are needed to provide natural pest control and replace the use of insecticides…

SOILS

7 steps to adopt a biological-based system on arable farms

Most growers would like to move to a less chemical-dependent future, but while the theory sounds good, the practicalities are much more challenging. Regenerative agricultural consultant and farmer Ben Taylor-Davies,…

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PEST MANAGEMENT

4 slug pellet myths busted for better control

The withdrawal of metaldehyde means growers will soon only have ferric phosphate slug pellets to count on when managing this devastating pest. However, there are a number of myths on…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How plant sap tests could unlock disease control benefits

Understanding how nutrition affects plant health is still very much an evolving science, but plant sap analysis is allowing management decisions to be based on close to real-time data. Sap…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Regenerative farming: Is there a place for fungicides?

Regenerative farming systems can be used to minimise dependence on fungicides, but won’t exclude them completely. While most of the growers who have adopted regenerative agriculture are aiming to cut…

VARIETY SELECTION

Why demand is expected to be strong for virus-resistant wheat

Insecticide-free wheat has moved a step closer with the arrival of the hard Group 4 winter wheat variety Wolverine, which is the first to offer barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV)…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Can grain nutrient analysis improve fertiliser use?

Grain nutrient analysis offers growers an effective way to improve input efficiency by diagnosing potential nutrient deficiencies, so management plans can be tweaked accordingly. Acting a bit like a post-mortem, grain…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Video: Electronic robot weed zapper cuts inputs and carbon

Four farms will use field robots this autumn to identify weeds, which eventually will lead to electronically zapping them, in a move likely to appeal to growers looking at more…

CROP MANAGEMENT

The new biostimulant that increases wheat and barley yields

A novel biostimulant which optimises green leaf area by improving chlorophyll production could benefit arable growers this season, with average yield increases of 0.4-0.5t/ha seen in winter wheat and barley…

NVZS

The rules for arable farming in an NVZ in England

Nitrate vulnerable zones (NVZs) account for about 55% of land in England, making it more likely than not that a farming enterprise is within a designated NVZ. So with NVZs…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Why timing is key to maximise wheat tillers with phosphite

Growers are being advised not to leave it too late when applying phosphite-based biostimulants to maximise the number of tillers in wheat crops. Trials over several years show that phosphites…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Analysis: How Brexit affects farmers' access to pesticides

Adequate resources and a more pragmatic, science-based approach by UK regulators will be crucial to growers gaining better access to crop-protection tools after Brexit. Over recent years, plenty of criticism…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Why one firm is using a biofungicide in its disease strategy

Based on a compound found in seaweed, a biopesticide is delivering similar yield responses and disease control as a key multisite fungicide, when used as part of a septoria disease-control…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Why yellow rust ratings changed for some varieties in 2021

An online early warning system and a revamp of variety yellow rust resistance ratings have been introduced for 2021 to help wheat growers tackle an increasingly diverse pathogen. With the…

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