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  1. neil watsonAccording to Neil Watson, technical support manager for Hutchinsons, this autumn many farmers have been forced into drilling wheat and barley later because of the wet soil conditions.

    “Ironically this is a good cultural method of reducing BYDV in your crop. However with recent milder autumns, we are seeing aphid flights extending later in the year. BYDV is a damaging virus affecting wheat and barley mainly in the warmer south and transmitted by two main aphid species (grain aphid, bird cherry aphid) in October and early November.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 0I2A0890The Hutchinsons Enhanced Light Interception Orchard System (HELIOS) was established last spring at two sites, in East Kent and on the Herefordshire/Gloucestershire border, to examine how orchards can be cost-effectively re-designed and managed to capture more light, improve yields and allow new mechanical picking systems in future.

    Several systems for growing Gala Galaxy clones on different rootstocks are being trialled over 10 years at both sites, with detailed yield and crop grading measurements due to be taken to help identify the most cost-effective options.

  5. Rob SaundersThe English Apple Man met Vikram Singh Thakur (a friend) and Rob Saunders from Hutchinsons of Wisbech to view an experimental tree management system trial named HELIOS.

    After a relaxed lunch at The Haywain at Brambling we drove the few miles to Hoaden Court Farm where one of the two HELIOS trials are taking place. There we met Rob's colleague Ivan Velasco who is assisting in the HELIOS trials. The second trial site is in Herefordshire.

    Maximising light interception is the key driver for any orchard management system.

  6. Simon WilcoxIt's become impossible to consider oilseed rape without mentioning cabbage stem flea beetle in the same breath. CPM finds out how herbicide strategies are shaping up this autumn.

    Cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) is shaping the way UK farmers grow oilseed rape and has single-handedly been responsible for a wholesale shift away from using pre-emergence herbicides. OSR establishment this autumn has been a mixed bag, depending on the time of drilling, says Cambs farmer and Hutchinsons agronomist, Simon Wilcox.

  7. The crop protection specialists proudly supporting vineyards across the entire UK.

    Since being founded in 1938, crop production specialists Hutchinsons has grown from an operation serving fruit growers in the Wisbech area of Cambridgeshire, to one of the nation's leading agricultural and horticultural input advice and supply companies.

    Today, brothers David and Mike Hutchinson continue to play an active role in the family-owned business which celebrated its 80th anniversary last year. Driven by a modern, forward-thinking approach, the Hutchinsons and their dedicated, 450-strong team are committed to providing the best agronomy and crop protection advice, products and services to growers of all crops across the entire UK, from Aberdeen to Truro.

  8. 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.