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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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Why last year was a tough season for new SDHI-azole fungicide

With more fungicides being lost than gained in the past 12 months, we revisited the three growers we spoke to in 2020 to see if BASF’s newcomer, Revystar, lived up…


Cultivation trial shows min-till success on heavy clay soils

Lincolnshire grower Andrew Ward is looking to further drive down establishment costs with reduced tillage, after carrying out a successful cultivation trial investigating shallower workings on his heavy clay soils.…


Spring wheat area on the rise as growers re-think rotation

Spring wheat could become a more interesting crop option for growers after two wet autumn drilling seasons and a mountain of spring barley which have depressed prices. Spring-sown crops are…


How a mixed farm uses a regenerative system to combat weather

The last two seasons have really tested just how resilient both Edwin Taylor’s soils and farming business are to the effects of the climate. Farming 800ha at 230m above sea…


Somerset grower wins gold with precise wheat production

Fine-tuning micronutrients, perfecting spray timings and use of the latest technology helped Somerset wheat grower Mark Doble win a top-yield prize in the West, for the second year running, with…


Tissue testing helps crop yields on light Border soils

James Fairbairn is tissue testing all his arable crops to supplement minor nutrients when they are needed and so he harvests more consistent yields on his Northumberland farm. On his…

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Tips on how to keep wheat fungicide costs under control

Wheat growers will need to be more vigilant about keeping disease control costs down this season following the banning of cheaper, older fungicides and the likely wider use of more…


Guide to tackling septoria disease in wheat

Septoria tritici is the most damaging foliar disease of UK wheat, causing yield losses that can range from about 30% to as much as 50% in high-pressure seasons. Considered by…


Why farmers need to carefully monitor yellow rust in wheat

The surge in yellow rust is becoming a bigger challenge for agronomists and farmers. The disease takes its name from the highly visible parallel lines of yellow-orange pustules that are…


How to get to grips with brown rust in wheat

Changes to brown rust resistance ratings, the introduction of new fungicides and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns are all influencing the effects of brown rust – a disease that often plays…


Yellow rust battle in wheat crops set to get tougher

Wheat growers face a tougher battle against yellow rust this spring due to many races of the disease being suspected within crops and a key rust fungicide being banned. Crop…


Guide to managing fusarium in winter wheat

A firm control strategy that accounts for local weather can effectively reduce the impact of yield-zapping fusarium ear blight in winter wheat, which is a complex disease caused by seven…


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Why regular liming can raise profits by up to £436/ha/year

A new study has highlighted the benefit of a long-term liming strategy in arable rotations, with regular applications shown to significantly increase farm profitability. Agricultural soils become acidic naturally and…


Why farmers battling wild oats should identify the species

Farmers battling a wild oat problem are advised to check whether it’s the winter or spring type, before planning their strategy against the weed. While blackgrass gets all the attention,…


How arable data analytics could counteract the loss of BPS

Could insights from data analytics drive an improvement in business performance that will counteract the loss of Basic Payment Scheme income? That’s the ambitious objective the 15 farmers in Yagro’s…


Round-up of 9 arable apps that can benefit farmers

Whether it’s selecting which varieties to drill, using data to determine input timings or ensuring machinery and equipment is safe to use, there is a constant supply of new apps…


Why more growers are turning to independent agronomists

Almost half of the UK’s arable land is now looked after by an independent agronomist, with that area expected to increase as Brexit takes shape and new agricultural policy is…


Suffolk farm tests 5 technologies for post-Brexit future

The first in a regional network of Helix demonstration farms, Suffolk host farmer Tom Jewers is working alongside agronomy company Hutchinsons to test the value and benefits of new technologies…


Can wheat blends raise yields and cut disease control costs?

Growing different blends of wheat varieties can increase yields while reducing disease pressure, enabling farmers to cut the number of fungicide applications, suggests new Danish research. The landmark research, carried out by…


How farmers can benefit from new way of paying agronomists

Farmers will soon be able to share the production risk of their arable crops with their agronomist using the country’s first payment-by-results agronomy service. Up to now, agronomic advice in…


Intercropping farm trials reveal weed and yield results

Growing two crops together, known as intercropping, can increase yields by suppressing weeds and reducing crop susceptibility to pest and disease attacks. On-farm research, run by the Innovative Farmers Network…


Analysis: How the loss of chlorothalonil will affect farmers

The multisite fungicide chlorothalonil – the mainstay of many disease control programmes in a range of crops – has finally gone, following an EU ban on sales last year and…


Why biopesticides will play a bigger role on arable farms

Biopesticides – a group of crop protection tools made from living micro-organisms or natural products – now represent more than 10% of the UK agrochemicals market, with sales growing at…


On-farm fungicide trial reveals most profitable approach

A fungicide programme tailored to the season gave the best wheat yield response and the highest margin in an on-farm trial conducted by Cambridgeshire grower Russell McKenzie last year. In…

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