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James Wilkins


Technical Manager for Bayer CropScience based in Norfolk

Sam Harvey

Cambridgeshire & Essex

Commercial Technical Manager for Cambridge and Essex

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Ella Crawford


Commercial Technical Manager for Suffolk.

7 agronomy tips for growers in East Anglia this June and July

Crop Progress

After very little rain in April, weather stations at NIAB Morley recorded 60mm of rain in May as we entered the last week of the month. That does vary across the region with some people recording up to 130mm, so we’ve had significant rainfall.

While that will have driven disease in wheat, the contrary is the case for temperature – it’s not been overly warm with only 6 days registering 15C or above.

That could be why up until the third week of May disease levels both visible and latent as tested by our rapid disease detection test have remained low – in fact we only had the first positive test for Septoria in that week on leaf five of late October drilled Graham.

Where spring barley crops were drilled into moisture and come through and picked up with the recent rain it is looking like quite a decent crop. Disease pressure so far has remained low, but it’s likely to pick up as temperatures warm up.

Flowering has been prolonged in oilseed rape. The frosts in April bent over some of the top racemes, but they looked to have recovered with hopefully no impact on yield.

James’ agronomy tips for June

  1. Finish off remaining T2 sprays
  2. Timing still remains important for T3
  3. Keep spring barley crops green
  4. Time oilseed rape desiccation correctly
  5. Plan for blight fungicides in potatoes
  6. Finish off herbicide programmes in sugar beet
  7. Visit our Field Days demonstration on the 1st July

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James Wilkins – Norfolk

Q. How long have you worked for Bayer?
A. 5 years, initially in the field trials team, before becoming Commercial Technical Manager in Norfolk at the end of 2019.

Q. Did you always want to work in agriculture?
A. Yes, my Dad is an agronomist so I spent a lot of time walking crops growing up. I studied agriculture at Aberystwyth, and was excited by the dynamic and changing nature of farming.

Q. What role do you think Bayer will play in the future of farming?
A. By finding new solutions to the changing environments and challenges. That will be through new technology and innovation as well as crop protection products, for example, Climate FieldView, which is an exciting new tool to manage farm data and help with decision-making.

Ella Crawford – Suffolk

Q. How long have you worked for Bayer?
A. 5 years – initially as a trainee.

Q. Are you from a farming background?
A. No, but I grew up around local farming friends. I was inspired by how passionate farmers and the wider industry is in helping feed more people with diminished resources, and wanted to be part of this. I’ve always had a keen interest in how science and technology can help, which led me to Bayer.

Q. What innovation are you most excited about for the future of farming?
A. Digital technology. It has already taken a step forward, but we are only just discovering its true potential to help growers make more informed decisions and improve efficiency and productivity on farm.

Ella Crawford

Sam Harvey – Cambridgeshire & Essex

Q. How long have you worked for Bayer?
A. Nearly 9 years.

Q. Did you always want to work in agriculture?
A. Yes, there was never a question about what else I would do. I studied agriculture at University, and you will find my name on the wall in the Farmers Club in London for its Gold Award in Farm Management.

Q. What’s the best part of your job as a CTM?
A. I enjoy the variety it brings day to day, solving the questions and scenarios presented to me. There’s a nice balance between working for a large corporation, but at the same time being in a flexible role in or close by the field.

Sam Harvey

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