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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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):
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.
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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.
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.
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Find out more information about the key disease threats to your wheat crop. For each disease you can learn how, where and when the disease infects wheat, average yield impact, symptom recognition and our advice on appropriate control strategies.