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  1. A fens grower forced into spring cropping by an untenable blackgrass population is set to return to winter cropping this season after tackling his weed problem.

    Lincolnshire farmer Chris Richardson’s blackgrass population on the worst fields was estimated to have reached more than 1,000 seeds/sq m, resulting in wheat yields halving to just 5t/ha in the worst areas.

  2. Variable OSR growth is creating a autumn fungicide challenge for growers this back-end (see also above).

    While early disease pressure in oilseed rape is much lower than last year due to dry conditions during August and early September, but variable growth will complicate autumn spray decisions, according to experts from agronomy firm Hutchinsons.