Agronomist Craig Green stressed that the increased aggressiveness of the 36_A2 and 37_A2 strains makes them the "ones to watch" and said growers must not be complacent.
Dr John Keer, of Richard Austin Associates, who has many years' experience of running blight trials, told delegates new strains of blight have disrupted the way growers and agronomists put their fungicide programmes together, not least following the failure of fluazinam to control the so-called dark green' blight strain, otherwise known as 37_A2.
"I don't believe we should be using fluazinam, he said. "Anyone who went to the Eurofins trials in 2017 would have seen
From lost chemistry to the weather, potato growers face new challenges every season. In this series, Farmers Guardian follows four agronomists from Hutchinsons and Farmacy to see how crop management is changing around the UK.
- CPM (Crop Production Magazine)
It’s time to look elsewhere as the EU Commission finally calls time on diquat. CPM finds out how contact pre-emergence weed control strategies may adapt.
- Farmers Weekly - Andy Goulding
While a return to average temperatures may not be so welcome for many, the replenishment of water to the depths of our soil certainly is.
- Midland Farmer
- Profit and soils status both important
- Small changes can bring big benefits
- Long term approach to improvements
A Shropshire estate is determined to show soil health can be improved within an intensive root-cropping rotation as it strives to bolster its environmental and financial sustainability.
So far, 2019 is looking like an early spring this season, in complete contrast to the cold and wet of 2018.
Most of the shrubs and trees are showing buds in the garden and we are now probably a bit late with the pruning, but it has still got to be done. We have also seen birds pairing and some nest-building so they all seem happy with an early spring- but are we ready for it yet?
Rising Temperatures Cause Early Chitting – Farmers Guardian
Some potato seed stocks arriving on farms have already broken dormancy due to the mild spring weather hampering storage conditions.
Extreme weather variations played havoc with potato crops in 2018, yet Hutchinsons trials in Suffolk still generated some valuable findings that could help shape agronomy next season. CPM reports.
THE European Commission Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) phytopharmaceuticals voted for non-renewal of approval for ethoprophos at its January 2019 meeting, but dates for sales and use-up are still to be confirmed, says Hutchinsons technical support manager Duncan Connabeer.