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Adam Tidswell

North East Midlands

Commercial Technical Manager at Bayer for the North East Midlands

Darren Adkins

South East Midlands

Commercial Technical Manager for the South East Midlands

How to keep cereal disease in check this May in the Midlands

Crop Progress

Crops were looking pretty well as this is written in the third week of April, but we’ve only had 2mm of rain in April so far at our trials site at Hinton Waldrist, near Oxford, which is not clever and considerably less than 12 months ago in this region.

So while crops have fared well up to this point that’s going to change unless there is some moisture in the next fortnight which at the moment isn’t looking particularly likely. That’s mainly for the nitrogen which is lying on the surface, and without it being washed in, crops are going to be hungry.

That’s the bigger concern at the moment, much more so than disease. There’s a little bit of yellow rust in a few wheat varieties, which has been curbed back by the frosts more than I was expecting, and Septoria is virtually non-existent. Where it is present it is on older leaves and with a little bit of rain could take off, but with more resistant varieties in the ground that will help people out no end.

There is also likely to be a smaller gap between wheat T1 and T2, as the colder weather has delayed leaf three emergence. Some T1s might not be applied until early May, but flag leaf emergence will still likely be around 20-something of May as it will race through growth stages. If you’ve done a half-decent T1 it should stay protected quite easily between the two sprays.

Oilseed rape was growing well, with fewer losses to cabbage stem flea beetle larvae than I expected, but the frosts in April have kicked seven bells out of some crops and stopped it in its tracks. While cool and dry conditions mean Sclerotinia risk is low there is a lot of light leaf spot in some crops, even in tebuconazole-treated more resistant varieties.

Ben’s agronomy tips for May

  1. Tailor T2 sprays to conditions
  2. When is the best timing for the second spray in winter barley?
  3. Decide on one or two sprays in spring barley

Click here to find out more

Darren Adkins - East Midlands

Q. How long have you worked for Bayer?
A. 10 years

Q. Are you from a farming background?
A. No, but my Dad worked as an agricultural engineer. I worked on a farm during work experience while at school, and knew that I didn’t want to work indoors so a farm seemed the ideal place. I carried on helping with harvest, and the seeds were set for a career in agriculture, initially as an agronomist looking after a variety of crops.

Q. How do you think farming will change in the next 5-10 years?
A. I think digital solutions, such as Climate FieldView, that allow us to gather data in one place to help with complex decision-making, will shape the way we make informed agronomic choices about crops. Working alongside tests, such detecting disease before any visual symptoms appear, the way we approach agronomy will take a step forward. But I don’t think these tools will replace agronomists walking fields, just help make better decisions.

Q. When you’re not working, where would we find you?
A. Outside walking – especially in the Munros in Scotland, or possibly flying, as I have a private pilot’s licence and can often be seen in the sky above Lincolnshire on a clear sunny day.


Darren Adkins

Adam Tidswell - East Midlands

Q. How long have you worked for Bayer?
A. Since November 2014. After 6 years in Yorkshire, I’m moving home to Lincolnshire continuing in a CTM role and as Northern Team lead.

Q. Are you from a farming background?
A. Yes, I grew up on our mixed arable and vegetable family farm in South Lincolnshire, so farming has always been close to my heart.

Q. What’s the best part of your job as a CTM?
A. I like that not one day is the same, and being able to build strong relationships with customers and working with the best team in the industry.

Q. What does a typical day look like?
A. During the pandemic it has been lots of online meetings and phone calls with customers, but usually it’s more out and about visiting trials and customers.

Q. When you’re not working, where would we find you?
A. I’m a keen traveller – at least pre-pandemic – and now a converted cyclist after cancelling the gym membership. But by the time you read this, I’ll be a Dad, as my partner Chloe and I are expecting our first baby in January.


Adam Tidswell

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