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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CROP MANAGEMENT

Why arable yield is not king without support payments

Yield is commonly king when it comes to driving profitability, but does it have to be that way? It definitely isn’t for Ed Horton, farming 1,000ha on the home farm…

CROP SELECTION

How Kent farmer has cut costs by focusing on soil health

James Loder-Symonds is setting ambitious targets for his Kent farm as he prepares for a future based on enhancing natural capital, delivering public goods and becoming carbon neutral. Good progress…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Cornish growers trial septoria test to target fungicide use

For two neighbouring Cornish farmers, septoria control forms the fundamental basis of wheat production in the high-risk region, which has prompted them to trial a new disease detection test to…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Norfolk farmer goes digital to get spray timing spot on

Norfolk grower David Hurn walks his winter wheat crops with his agronomist in March and spots yellow rust, and then uses his digital farming tool to tell him when best…

ARABLE

How on-farm interventions keep soil and water in place

A whole-farm approach to water management has seen a Norfolk estate introduce measures that have returned 45m litres of water to the environment. Working with the Norfolk Rivers Trust as…

CROP SELECTION

How a grower is preparing for ELMs as direct subsidy ends

Patrick Wrixon is set to use herbal leys and break crops on his Herefordshire farm to prepare for the end of direct farm subsidies, and also help improve his soil’s…

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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,…

ARABLE

Should a multisite fungicide be used in wheat this season?

With no concrete case for routine inclusion of other multisites following the loss of chlorothalonil, the level of septoria risk should be the only deciding factor for their inclusion this…

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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…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How new rapid septoria test is set to benefit wheat growers

A new rapid disease test, capable of detecting septoria in wheat crops before symptoms are visible, is launching this March, helping farmers to better target applications and cut their fungicide…

SOILS

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…

WEED MANAGEMENT

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,…

CROP MANAGEMENT

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…

TECHNOLOGY

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…

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