7 agronomy tips for growers in East Anglia this June and July
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
- Finish off remaining T2 sprays
- Timing still remains important for T3
- Keep spring barley crops green
- Time oilseed rape desiccation correctly
- Plan for blight fungicides in potatoes
- Finish off herbicide programmes in sugar beet
- Visit our Field Days demonstration on the 1st July