6 more agronomy pointers for June in the south
Last month I talked about needing two weeks of continual rain to change disease pressure, and it didn’t look likely. But that’s exactly what’s happened with lots of rain in the south in May.
Crops look much better for it – greening up almost overnight once we had some rain. Winter barley looks much more uniform now, and is looking half decent after being a bit scruffy a month ago, while spring barley has also benefitted and is well-tillered.
Oilseed rape has had an extended flowering period, so the only downside has really been that little spraying has been possible.
Richard's agronomy tips for June
- Finish off remaining T2 sprays in wheat
- Don't compromise T3 timing
- Invest in decent spring barley potential
- Carefully time oilseed rape desiccation sprays
- Apply a block to suppress woolly apple aphids populations
- Visit our Field Days site in Oxford