Lorenz von Schintling-Horny

3 May 2002




Lorenz von Schintling-Horny

Lorenz von Schintling-Horny

grows 550ha (1360 acres)

of cereals, osr and

sugar beet in partnership

with a neighbour in

Lower Saxony. A further

190ha (470 acres) is

farmed in Brandenburg,

north of Berlin in

partnership with his wife

SUGAR beet was drilled in a week, starting Easter Monday and finishing our 163ha (400 acre) crop by Friday evening. It rarely goes that well or that early in our part of the world. A cold and windy spell, with frost down to -4C, followed but then 50mm (2in) of rain and warmer weather produced ideal emergence conditions. Everything looks well now. Part of the crop was direct drilled into a mulch of sprayed off mustard, part into autumn ploughed land. The latter has had pre-emergence metamitron at 1 litre/ha. Due to the strong winds fertiliser, 80kg/ha of nitrogen, was applied as liquid rather than solid.

In late March cereal crops were a fortnight ahead of last year but the cold dry weather in April changed all that, stopping growth and nitrogen uptake. With crops already past tillering and into stem elongation we saw a great reduction in tiller numbers. Some advisers suggested applying micro nutrients to counter the standstill but I did not follow that theory. Plants will quickly grow on as soon as it gets warm and wet, which it is sure to in our part of Germany.

Due to the cold weather crops have hardly any disease and no fungicides have been applied yet. When necessary second wheats such as Biscay and Ritmo will get 0.6 litres/ha of Juwel Forte (kresoxim-methyl + epoxiconazole + quinoxyfen) while Convent and Drifter will get 0.4 litres/ha of Juwel Top (kresoxim-methyl + epoxiconazole + fenpropimorph), combined with 0.2-0.3 litres/ha of Moddus (trinexapac-ethyl) and 0.8-1.0 litres/ha of chlormequat.

Wheat prices fell considerably a fortnight ago, to k114/t (£71/t). That price exists on paper only as no one is selling. Two private merchant companies seem to be in great difficulties and the market is in a shambles. Intervention stores are filling up rapidly. New crop wheat is worth k102/t ex-farm for milling and barley k95/t. Wheat and barley prices have not been that close for years. Lets all pray for a high dollar in the coming year. &#42

Grain prices have plummeted in Germany too, not that anyone is selling, says Lorenz von Schintling-Horny (right).


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