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Wheat

Getting the most from your wheat crop means making smart decisions throughout the season to get the best control of threats to your yield from diseases, weeds and pests.

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February

What's happening in wheat in February

While it may feel like winter is still upon us, February is an important month for root and shoot development in wheat crops. However, this time of year comes with the challenge of finding suitable spraying conditions.

If conditions are suitable then early nitrogen can encourage tillering, which is particularly beneficial if establishment has been poor. February also presents an opportunity to apply black-grass herbicides, especially if dry, sunny weather is forecast and the black-grass is still relatively small.

Priorities this month (location dependent):

  • Assess weather conditions ahead of time to identify potential opportunities to spray
  • Consider an early nitrogen application, especially if establishment has been poor
  • Evaluate black-grass prevalence and consider adjusting your weed control strategy to accommodate

T1

Broad-spectrum control

Many diseases can damage your crop’s yield potential at T1. So it’s critical to get the timing right and choose the best broad-spectrum fungicide to keep your crop protected up to T2.

While T1 disease control options are plentiful – picking the best option for optimum control will keep your crop clean up to the all-important T2 spray timing, prevent disease progression and protect emerging upper leaves even if the weather conditions take a turn for the worst.

Identifying the emergence of leaf 3 in wheat is critical for the accurate application of T1 so we’ve created a useful 30 second video that helps you to easily identify leaf 3 to get the best out of your T1 spray.

Tools

To help on your farm

View our selection of tools to help with your crop

Phytobac

A simple and effective way to deal with dilute washings and tackle the problem of point source pollution on farms.

Agronomy tool app

Available for Android and iPhone. Download this FREE app today to help you identify pests and weeds in your fields.  Also includes all our product documents.

easyFlow M

A closed transfer, metering and cleaning system for liquid chemicals from Bayer and agrotop.

T2

Control Septoria and boost your wheat yields.

With 40% of yield contribution coming from the flag leaf getting the very best disease control at T2 can have significant upsides for your final yield. 

A T2 spray’s prime focus should be on controlling Septoria – the most widespread and biggest yield stealing disease in wheat, whilst also cleaning the top two leaves of any disease that may have developed since the T1 timing.

There are many options for T2 sprays available but even small percentage increases of control can have big impacts on final yields. Picking a trusted fungicide with proven performance will help you to get the very most from your crop and maximise your yield returns at harvest.

As part of our Judge for Yourself trials, 50 farmers tested AscraXpro against competitor treatments with a mean positive yield benefit of 0.3 t/ha. 

Harvest

Harvest

With harvest underway, it's that time of year again where our focus begins to switch to a new crop year and getting the best establishment possible.

The fight against black-grass never stops and the focus for getting your crop off to the best start begins again now. We spoke to Suffolk farmer Tom Jewers about his flexible approach tackling black-grass through improving soil condition and taking any small opportunity to boost weed control.

At this busy time of year, our seed treatments give you maximum flexibility, helping you to manage your autumn workload. Redigo Deter helps to ensure autumnal pests such as wireworms, slugs and aphids carrying Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) don't damage your crop from the outset for better crop establishment - which is also critical for black-grass control. 

Black-Grass: The Definitive Resource

Controlling black-grass is a year-round task, using a wide range of cultural and chemical controls.

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