The big 8: How to keep gross margins on track on farm this spring
After almost certainly the wettest winter on record and in the main relatively cool conditions throughout March crop development and field work has been a bit stop start. Winter cereal crop potential is of a mixed bag, but in the main better than 12 months ago. A dry spell at the end to February allowed traveling for early nitrogen which was a blessing given the winter rainfall.
Spring cropping has progressed, with some sugar beet drilled by the end of March for those that had seed. However, much of the crop will go in the ground relatively late which isn’t ideal.
Oilseed rape area may be down, but crops are looking reasonable coming out of winter, and seem to have coped with the cold winter weather a bit better than other break crops such as winter linseed and beans. Implications of larval damage are yet to be known.
Sam's agronomy tips for April
- Take care with any outstanding grassweed control in cereals
- Focus on yellow rust at T0 in wheat
- Focus on both yellow rust and Septoria at T1 in wheat
- Choose product wisely for winter barley fungicides at T1
- Invest in oilseed rape crop potential
- Pay attention to detail with sugar beet herbicide sprays
- Follow best practice when using Emerger in potatoes
- Look out for new offers from Bayer for FieldView plus