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  1. Potato Growers Urged to Rethink Desiccation Options Next Season – Agronomist & Arable Farmer – Andrew Goodinson

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    Andrew GoodinsonPotato desiccation requires a strategic rethink following the removal of diquat from growers chemical portfolio in February 2020. Hutchinsons agronomist Andrew Goodinson says decisions need to be taken now in order to plan how crops will be managed next year in terms of haulm management and destruction.

    He says that several considerations will come into play as a result of these changes, including varietal selection, nitrogen rates, herbicide choice and headland management.

  2. Diquat Ban May Require Wider Agronomy Changes – Agronomist & Arable Farmer – Andrew Cromie, John Keer

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    Andrew CromiePotato growers will have to start planning future desiccation strategies before the next season's crop is even sown.

    Trials at the Hutchinsons’ Fenland demonstration site near Mildenhall in Suffolk this autumn have illustrated how the loss of diquat is likely to increase desiccation costs and put more focus on other ways to help manage canopies towards the end of the season.

    Variety choice and fertiliser strategy will be two key elements to consider, alongside the alternative chemical desiccants and mechanical flailing. 

  3. New Challenges for Growers as Product Losses Cause Significant Changes in Advice – Arable Farming – Darryl Shailes

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    Darryl Shailes v2Well what a difference a month makes. It was very dry when I wrote my last column and we were off on holiday. As we travelled across the UK into northern France, Belgium and Luxembourg, everywhere was the same.

    Even in the hills, the grass and maize were brown and the grazing looking pretty thin. It wasn't until we got past Stuttgart, heading towards Austria, that all of a sudden, the grass got greener and the maize was looking better.

  4. Weather During Flowering Created the Perfect Conditions for Botrytis and Sclerotinia – Arable Farming – Darryl Shailes

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    Darryl ShailesWe have not got as many apples and plums as last year, but the pears are pretty good. The rain over summer has helped the wheat and barley harvests and also the fern growth on our asparagus which is much bigger than last season.

    As we've only got a small area, we're able to practice good crop hygiene and remove all the old fern and reduce the amount of inoculum on the old stems so our stem-phylium levels are very low.

  5. Update on The Fight Against Blight 2019 – The Vegetable Farmer – Darryl Shailes

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    Darryl Shailes v2Dr Alison Lees, a research leader for AHDB-funded research into late blight at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee speaks to Heather Briggs about this year's Fight Against Blight.

    “We have currently received 576 samples from 86 blight outbreaks this season, with more arriving every day due to the weather conditions being favourable for late blight in large parts of the country through July and into August," she says.

  6. PCN ‘Issues’ Centre Stage at Potato Demo – The Scottish Farmer – Darryl Shailes

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    THS-0956A new fenland potato site for leading agronomy firm, Hutchinsons, is already generating interesting results that will help shape future agronomy – including control of potato cyst nematodes (PCN).

    An integrated approach to PCN management was one of the key topics which gained traction at Hutchinsons' recent open day hosted at AL Lee Farming Company's Folly Farm, near Ely, Cambridgeshire.

  7. Second most-read article on in July

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    AAFarmer Hutchinsons in top 3We're pleased to announce that our article on the value of an integrated approach amid higher disease pressure was the second most-read story on Agronomist & Arable Farmer's website in July.

    The article focuses on the value of using a robust fungicide programme and selecting varieties with good resistance, sharing Helen Brown, Stewart MacIntyre and Bob Bulmer’s key insights from the Carlisle RTC event.

    Read the full article here.

  8. Potato Blight Challenge Amplified by Probably the UK’s Most Aggressive Strain Ever – Arable Farming – Darryl Shailes

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    Darryl Shailes HLH. jpegIt has been an interesting and challenging spring and early summer, both in the fields and the garden.

    Despite the deluges of last week, the water isn't much higher than normal in the River Waveney and certainly not as high as it was in June 2016 when the Waveney Valley flooded, including the gardens at the Open Gardens event which, as I write this, is approaching rapidly.