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  1. Spring 2020: An Agronomist’s Perspective – British Sugar Beet Review – Darryl Shailes

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    Darryl Shailes v2Hutchinsons agronomist, Darryl Shailes, outlines the key areas of focus and consideration for growers as they plan their drilling & establishment strategies for the coming months.

    2019 was a good year for sugar beet overall. Yields were strong apart from the lightest of soils where the prolonged dry spell went on a bit too long, the June rain didn't last long enough and the crop didn't really have time to fully compensate when the longer period of wet weather eventually came in September.

  2. 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.

  3. Dry weather causing varied beet lifting conditions – Farmers Guardian – Darryl Shailes

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    Darryl ShailesThe 2019 sugar beet harvest is underway, with three out of British Sugar’s four factories open for business. Bury St Edmunds and Newark were the first factories to open, on September 17, while Cantley will start receiving beet deliveries from October 1.

    Paul Kenward, managing director of British Sugar says this year crop is generally looking very positive, although some areas are suffering from the lack of rainfall.

  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. Talking Agronomy Roots: Beet Fungicides – Arable Farming – Darryl Shailes

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    THS-0995With rust and mildew about, the first beet fungicides are going on.

    The open gardens went well and we had some lovely comments, although thanks must really go to the previous owners as we are only trying to maintain what they laid out.

    In many things, timing is everything and, luckily for us, the moles that have since plagued us came after open gardens. We didn't see any last year – the garden flooded a couple of times so I think that kept numbers down – but now it is a bit like the Jasper Carrot sketch from many years ago – a good listen for those who've never heard it.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Cereals 2019: Champion Beet Grower Hits 109t/ha in Tough Year – Farmers Weekly – Darryl Shailes

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    1262019-Beet-Yield-Winner-Left-to-Right-Darryl-Shailes-of-Hutchinsons-with-Mark Means is the winner of the second British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) Beet Yield Challenge, managing to deliver a winning yield of 109.7t/ha, achieving 97% of crop potential in what was a very challenging year. 

    The impressive yield was achieved in a season that saw crops being drilled later than usual followed by a summer drought.