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  1. Crop Watch: North – Farmers Weekly – Helen Brown

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    Helen BrownRain, rain and more rain is all we've seen for the past month in Cumbria. Drilling has been testing, and we have had to take any opportunity possible to get crops in the ground.

    Overall, roughly 70% of barley has been drilled, mostly during the good week of weather we had in September. However, wheat has taken a real hit and only about 25% of our expected wheat acreage has been drilled.

  2. Don’t miss out on chlorothalonil for Septoria and Ramularia control next spring - David Ellerton, Peter Riley

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    Dave Ellerton WheatWith sales of chlorothalonil due to finish on 20th November, this autumn will mark the last opportunity to buy this exceptionally useful active ingredient for use next spring prior to 20th May.

    Therefore, it is essential that growers ensure they are covered now for their requirements for the most effective multi-fungicide for next spring, says Dr David Ellerton, technical development director of Hutchinsons.

  3. Crop Watch North – Farmers Weekly – Helen Brown

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    Helen BrownGood yields and poor weather sums up our harvest in Cumbria. Although we got off to a good start on the winter barley, thunder showers and wet ground conditions made the wheat and spring barley harvest trickier - with a significant proportion of crops battered down by the weather.

    The high-disease-pressure season was reflected in our trial site results, as the difference between fungicide-treated and untreated winter barley averaged 3.1t/ha, varying from 1.56 to 5.98t/ha between varieties.

  4. Are You Gaining Crop Momentum? – Agronomist & Arable Farmer – Bob Bulmer

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    Bob BulmerCrop momentum involves adopting best practice at every stage of crop growth to maximise light, water and nutrient capture with the aim of producing resilient, profitable crops.

    This idea was developed from the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) and the idea is analogous to the domino effect, explains Hutchinsons trials manager Bob Bulmer.

  5. All change on disease control for 2019/2020 - British Crop Protection Council - David Ellerton

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    Dave Ellerton WheatAfter a number of relatively low disease risk seasons wetter weather this spring and summer has put crops under considerable disease pressure, particularly Septoria in wheat and Ramularia in barley

    This has exposed the decline in performance of current fungicide chemistry, particularly triazoles and SDHIs, and has shown the vital importance of early disease protection using multi–sites, particularly chlorothalonil.

    Many growers have found this out to their detriment, realising too late the very limited curative activity of current products should Septoria be allowed to get established in the crop.

  6. Carlisle Agronomy open day showcases routes to higher yields - Helen Brown, Lewis McKerrow

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    Looking at variety trials in CarliseThe annual Hutchinsons Carlisle crop demonstration open day to be held at Midtown Farm, Kirkbampton, Carlisle on Tuesday 18th June, by kind permission of the Brown family, promises an exciting insight into how yields can be improved through variety selection, targeted agronomy and precision technology.

    A host of demonstrations will hone in on four key topics; the latest winter wheat, barley and spring barley varieties, seed rate trials, the role of forage yield mapping and the newest precision farming tools from Hutchinsons.

  7. Picking out the Top Varieties for Autumn Sowing - Agronomist & Arable Farmer - David Bouch

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    Field Walking PeopleDeciding what to grow next season can be daunting given the array of varieties available, but careful planning and a visit to a local trials site will help make the right choices for your farm.

    A series of regional open days by leading agronomy firm Hutchinsons during June and July provides the ideal opportunity to see first-hand which varieties suit the climate, soil type, pest and disease pressure in your area.

  8. Keep on top of disease – even when pressure is light – The Scottish Farmer – David Ellerton

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    Dr Dave Ellerton T1 WheatEVEN in times of low disease pressure, late season fungicide programmes need to be well planned and timely, according to Hutchinsons' technical director, David Ellerton.

    Moderate disease levels in wheat in 2018 resulted in cost effective but lower yield responses to fungicide programmes than the previous season, he pointed out, but "Despite the dry conditions later in the season, the largest yield increases were often in response to the flag leaf or T2 timing in our small plot trials, although drought and subsequent early senescence reduced the response in many cases."