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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COVER CROPS

4 growers' methods of effective cover crop destruction

Cover crops are becoming a mainstream option for growers, but their effective removal is critical to get good spring crop establishment. Farmers Weekly speaks to four growers from across the…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How two farmers are using fermented manure to improve soil

On the north Northumberland coast, mixed farmers Guy Douglas and Peter Brewis are working together to ferment their farmyard manure to create a highly nutritious "soil food source" to enrich…

ARABLE

How a Cornish arable farm aims to be net zero in five years

Contract farmer Tim Williams has started on his regenerative farming journey with the aim of becoming net zero in just five years, as part of a National Lottery-funded project. The…

ARABLE

Integrating beef unit on arable land - do the costs add up?

Peter Lord, farm manager at Norwood Farm, near Bath teamed up with the AHDB and Adas to convert the 290ha long-term arable farm into an integrated mixed farming enterprise. He…

WHEAT

How to grow a winter wheat crop yielding 15t/ha

Tim Lamyman is consistently growing wheat crops yielding 15t/ha using a high-input, high-output system across a number of varieties on his Lincolnshire Wolds farm. His method of using high levels…

WEED MANAGEMENT

How one farmer tackled invasive grassweed rat's tail fescue

Lurking in many UK fields lies an invasive grassweed known as rat’s-tail fescue, which is of increasing concern to arable growers due to its rapid development and natural herbicide resistance.…

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CROP MANAGEMENT

Two top fungicides 'almost inseparable' for septoria control

Two recently launched blockbuster cereal fungicides have been “almost inseparable” in terms of controlling septoria disease in winter wheat over the past few seasons, with one of them, Univoq, edging…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

AHDB guidance to find optimal fertiliser rate as prices soar

The AHDB has issued new guidance to help growers plan for this season’s nitrogen fertiliser applications, following a sharp increase in fertiliser price. The current energy crisis has led to…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Advice on using metaldehyde up safely before ban

Arable farmers are being urged to follow Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG) guidelines closely to avoid polluting water in the product’s last season of use. There is uncertainty about exactly how…

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WHEAT

Why breeders are looking at the past for tomorrow’s wheats

Over the past century, breeding has played a major role in improving winter wheat performance, with yields increasing from an average 5.5t/ha in 1979 to 7.8t/ha at harvest 2021. But…

VARIETY SELECTION

New varieties with better disease resistance get green light

New cereal and oilseed rape varieties with improved yields and resistance to diseases have been given the official green light for next year’s drilling plans, which may help growers with…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Advice on trimming fertiliser rates when prices are high

Growers looking to cut back on fertiliser rates next spring because of the high prices are being advised to take a field-by-field approach. Last year, fertiliser costs averaged about 65p/kg…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How to calculate nitrogen use efficiency on-farm

Nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) is used to demonstrate the relationship between a soil's total nitrogen input compared with its nitrogen output. Calculating NUE will give growers a starting point from…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How data analytics can help identify marginal farmland

The power of data analytics in improving decision making about future land use is being highlighted by a project at AHDB’s Strategic Farm East to use data to identify marginal…

NVZS

The rules for arable farming in an NVZ in NI and Scotland

Nitrate vulnerable zones exist to protect the environment against potential pollution from fertiliser and manure applications. Each devolved nation has its own rules – so what do arable farmers need…

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…

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