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  1. Mild weather increases virus threat in OSR crops – Farmers Guardian – Neil Watson, David Ellerton, David Stead

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    Neil WatsonCabbage stem flea beetle is not the only pest troubling oilseed rape crops, with peach potato aphid posing a threat as a vector for turnip yellows virus.

    Increasing aphid activity means oilseed rape growers face a tough decision about whether to treat crops over coming weeks to reduce the risks from turnip yellows virus (TuYV).

    The symptoms of the virus, spread by the peach potato aphid (myzus persicae), can be very difficult to identify in the field, but Hutchinsons technical support manager Neil Watson believes it is becoming more prevalent and the damage to yield from early autumn infection must not be underestimated.

  2. Slugs Take Advantage of no Deter – The Scottish Farmer – Dick Neale

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    Dick_Neale0217Seed-bed quality key to reducing slug seed hollowing this autumn

    With seed beds yet to be made in this wet season for some winter wheat crops, growers are being told that they must take extra care so that seeds don't succumb to hollowing by slugs.

    This is the first autumn without the insecticide seed treatment, Deter and while it was primarily used to protect cereal crops from barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV), it also had a repellent effect against slugs around the treated seed.

  3. 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.

  4. Soil Health Focus at Brassica Demonstration Day – The Vegetable Farmer – Will Sharpe, Oliver Wood, Carl Sharp, Peter Waldock

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    IMG_0731With a focus on good soil health, herbicides, insecticides, biostimulants, fungicides, and nutrition, Hutchinsons’ second brassica demonstration day was held Old Leake, Boston, on July 11 in conjunction with the Allium & Brassica Centre.

    The aim of the plots is to refine understanding of soil health, including exploring novel approaches for vegetable farming, such as strip-till and cover crops, explained Hutchinsons area business manager Will Sharpe.

    “We plan to provide vegetable growers with a leading source of information on brassicas,” he said, pointing out that the trials field was very typical of the area, with similar soils being found around the horse-shoe area of south Lincolnshire and north Norfolk. “By setting up demonstration plots, people can see what works in these fields, and then make decisions on whether they might work at home for them.”

  5. Vineyard: Observations for June - Vineyard Magazine - Chris Cooper, Rob Saunders

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    Chris CooperThis month Chris Cooper and Rob Saunders, vine specialists in the Hutchinsons Horticultural Team, are making general observations on the current status of the vine crop. 

    There are now 2,900 hectares under vines in the UK, three times what there was in 2000. An estimated 3 million more vines have been planted this year. Good weed control in the first year is a prerequisite to successful establishment – herbicide options are limited so don’t overlook the use of biodegradable film mulch, which can be laid after planting.

  6. Targeted Slug Control Adds Insurance Against Crop Loss – CPM – Andrew Goodinson

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    Andrew Goodinson HSGrowers shouldn't worry about the loss of metaldehyde from the slug control armoury, says Herefordshire-based agronomist Andrew Goodinson of Hutchinsons. In his view, good quality ferric phosphate alternatives are every bit as effective and also provide a better environmental footprint.

    Andrew's been recommending ferric phosphate for over five years and he's gradually phasing metaldehyde 

  7. Aggressive Blight Strain Too Serious to Ignore – Arable Farming – Darryl Shailes

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    Darryl Shailes v2Spring has sprung, although the number of frosts we've had in May does make me wonder. I'm not sure what effect it has had on the blossom on the fruit trees and berry bushes in the garden; only time will tell. The plum and codling moth traps are out so hopefully we’ll have a bit less fruit damage this year.

    We've had a first hatch of cygnets and hopefully we'll have also got some young calves in the meadow over the river so, yes, spring has sprung in the Waveney Valley at least.

    The recent rains, while very welcome, would have been better without the hail and