Focus on these two agronomy tasks in October in Scotland
Oilseed rape has established reasonably well overall, with a decent amount was drilled early in August. The rain in mid-September has helped later drilled crops, although there is more cabbage stem flea beetle damage in Scotland than in previous seasons, especially in Fife and Aberdeenshire. There have been some reports of crops being written off, which is a first for the region.
I did notice more flea beetle larvae around last season than perhaps we had originally thought, and there has also been more damage on forage crops such as turnips, which will be providing a host for the pest.
But overall growers seem quite happy with establishment and prices are very good currently.
Quite a lot of wheat and winter barley was drilled in September, taking advantage of a decent harvest which allowed field to be cleared reasonably early, and lower black-grass pressure to get crops in early.
Craig’s agronomy tips for October
1. Take care of weeds early
2. Use SpotCheck to monitor for early infections of light leaf spot and Phoma