Three tips for agronomic actions in East Anglian crops this October
Parts of East Anglia have caught considerable downpours in September, while others may not have had very much rain at all. That was after what has been summed up as the wettest, driest August.
Quite a bit of oilseed rape was drilled in late July and early August when there was good soil moisture, and some of that has come through and looks quite good. There are other bits that went in from mid-August onwards, which didn’t have any significant rain on top until just recently and that’s more variable and patchier. Time will tell how successful that will be.
I haven’t heard of any crops being written off as we approach the end of September, but it might be a matter of time with a lot of the emergence in the last couple of weeks coinciding with the migration of cabbage stem flea beetles. With slow growing conditions that hasn’t been the best timing.
Early wheat drilling started in mid-September, where they didn’t catch high rain, but at the moment it is in the minority. That said, with two difficult autumns in a row, there is definitely an eagerness to get going.
James’ agronomy tips for October
1. Know your weed enemy
2. Consider metribuzin products for top ups and for annual meadow grass
3. Use SpotCheck to assess disease risk in oilseed rape