In the east more settled weather is forecast allowing growers to keep to their planned schedule of autumn work.
Warm autumn days and moist soils have encouraged good emergence and establishment of most rapeseed; even later-sown crops drilled into good conditions are growing well. Cereal volunteers and grassweeds will continue to emerge and should be controlled before becoming competitive with the crop.
Memories of last season’s disappointing cereal yields are still raw. They were a result of unfavourable weather conditions, beginning with wet weather in late September which led to delayed drilling into difficult seed-beds. Consequently this season drilling of first wheats has begun in earnest as growers take advantage of good conditions.