Two seasons of using Omnia to map and manage in field soil variations has already had a noticeable benefit on crop consistency at Daniel White’s 260ha farm near Bottisham.
Many cereal growers are not sowing at high enough speed rates, potentially jeopardising yield potential from the outset, according to Farmacy agronomist Andy Hutchison.
Yet another warning has been issued with regard to the threat from aphid-borne disease, barley yellow dwarf virus, to crops sown this autumn.
With the imminent loss of clothianidin (Deter/Redigo Deter) seed dressing much of the UK’s autumn drilled cereals crops will be at risk from BYDV, according to experts from agronomy firm Hutchinsons.
The choice of maize seed varieties available in the UK is extensive therefore selecting the right variety can be challenging due to the regional variance caused by climatic conditions and intended end use recognises leading agronomy firm Hutchinsons.
Chris Cooper and Rob Saunders, vine specialists in the Hutchinsons Horticultural Team, discuss the season to date in vineyards.
Recent trial results measuring the effect of various inputs on crop health, nutrition, take-all incidence and severity, have shed light on how to manage the often-overlooked disease in winter barley.
Elle Pace, agronomist at Hutchinsons, ran the trial as part of her BASIS project, which consisted of 20 field plots, in soils following a first wheat where the presence of take-all is often higher.
With the imminent loss of clothianidin (Deter/Redigo Deter) seed dressing much of the UK’s autumn drilled cereals crops will be at risk from Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) infection, leading agronomy firm Hutchinsons warns.
Mild weather coinciding with early emergence of winter cereals may mean that aphid populations could be quick to establish this autumn, Hutchinsons technical support manager Duncan Connabeer says.
- Good opportunity to tackle blackgrass
- Patience key to effective weed control
- Allow time for stale seedbeds to work
Phenomenal patience and a change in soil management could be needed this autumn to avoid stoking black grass problems following the exceptionally early harvest.
Dry conditions over much of the summer provide an ideal opportunity for growers on plough or other deep cultivation-based systems to switch to shallower tillage on fields worst-affected by blackgrass says Hutchinsons technical manager Dick Neale.
- Map all fields to improve consistency
- Review seed rates and establishment
- Ensure crop reaches target population
Many cereal growers are not sowing at high enough seed rates – potentially jeopardising yield potential from the outset, according to Farmacy agronomist Andy Hutchison.
Crop production specialists Hutchinsons has appointed Lewis McKerrow as digital farming manager. Mr McKerrow will join Hutchinson’s precision and field-based IT team to provide technical, IT and services support to the regional agronomy teams and their clients in Scotland and Northern England.