6 agronomy tips to see Midlands crops through to harvest this June
As we approached the last week of May, winter wheat crops in the East Midlands were a mixed bag. In later drilled crops after roots, T1 fungicides had only just been completed, while forward crops were being sprayed with T2 fungicides in the third week of May.
The dry and exceptionally cold weather through April reduced disease pressure, with yellow rust virtually disappearing, and Septoria hardly being seen above leaf five. But the rain through most of May and forecast warmer weather will mean monitoring crops carefully for disease as it reawakens.
Spring cereal crops are extremely variable, depending on moisture availability at drilling, while sugar beet crops also haven’t enjoyed the dry, cold and frosty weather. Most beet has now emerged but growth stages have been variable across the field. Potatoes have also been slow to emerge.
Darren’s agronomy tips for June
- Finish off T2 sprays in wheat
- Don't compromise T3 timing
- Decision time for spring barley crops
- Finish off beet herbicide programmes
- Plan blight programmes in potatoes
- Correctly time oilseed rape desiccation
- Visit our Field Days Demonstrations