Wheat T1s applied

1 May 2014

Our 3 week gap between T0 and T1 seemed soon up, but the longer days and brief warmer spells means that crops at Adwick Grange have developed quickly.  T1 treatments are now all applied at what (according the manual!) was an ideal timing.  The threat of rusts and septoria alongside keen pricing meant our programme was based around isopyrazam, epoxiconazole and chlorothalonil.  The AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Fungicide Dose Response work proved a useful tool in assessing bang for buck, so I hope the £30/ha spent keeps the crop safe from harm.

Sclerotinia sprays are also now reaching the end of the three week period.  Crops across the farm continue to flower, so I am keeping a keen eye on the weather to assess disease risk, but I do envisage a second application given crop potential.  Product choice may be based on what is available rather than what I’d really like, given this year’s product shortages.

OSR At Adwick Grange2

OSR flowering at Adwick Grange.

Thanks to AGCO for a great trip to Italy last week to visit their combine production facility.  Harvesting choices can be more than pure financial decisions and I am currently working with Pat and Harry from AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds to pull together hypothetical figures for these choices on the farm which I will share in my next blog.

I am looking forward to a trip to Cranfield University to attend a training course on Soil Systems, delivered through the AgriFood ATP.  I once read that we know more about biological activity on the bottom of the ocean than we do in our topsoil, so given that it is this delicate 12 inches that keeps me in business I am keen to learn all I can!