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Downloads: Crop Technical Notes

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TN627: Barley Disease Control

This note contains up to date information about the management of winter and spring barley diseases. New information on varietal resistance, integrated control management fungicide programmes.

TN626: Black-grass: Managing The Risk Under Scottish Conditions

This technical note covers the current black-grass situation in Scotland. It presents a picture where, through climate change, populations could become similar to those in parts of England.

TN624: Weed Control In The Potato Crop

A constantly changing legislative environment has resulted in fewer herbicide options since the last technical note on this subject.

TN623: Fertiliser Recommendations For Soft Fruit And Rhubarb Crops

Nitrogen (N) recommendations for these crops have been updated in the light of results from recent trials and advisory experience.

TN644: Haulm Destruction in Potato Crops

The timely destruction of the potato haulm is important to stop bulking and optimise the yield of a marketable crop of the right specification whether seed or ware.

TN643: Weed Management in Grassland

This technical note describes the most important weeds of grassland and their management. It updates Technical Note 615 with many changes in herbicide approval and labels.

TN642: Tan spot in winter wheat

An outbreak of tan spot, caused by the fungus Pyrenophora triticirepentis occurred in wheat crops in East Lothian, Scotland in 2010 and 2011.

TN638: Diagnosis of Herbicide Damage in Potatoes

Glyphosate is widely used in cereals crops as a harvest aid, to control couch grass, as a desiccant in oilseed rape and to clean up stubbles and fallow land to name but a few uses.

TN631: Potato Tuber Pests

A Technical Note detailing the identification and integrated control of tuber pests. There are a variety of pests that feed below the soil surface on potato roots and tubers.

TN631: Potato Tuber Pests (393.44 KB, PDF)

TN630: Potato Storage Diseases

Advice on how to increase potato yields and marketability by preventing diseases during storage. Details diseases and how to control/prevent them.

TN629: Management of species rich grasslands

The species-rich grasslands referred to in this Technical Note are the naturally occurring, unimproved grasslands that support a diverse range of wildflowers.

TN620: Winter Oilseed Rape Pests And Diseases

Winter oilseed rape is affected by a wide range of pests and diseases with new problems beginning to appear as a consequence of changes in pesticide usage and weather patterns.

TN618: Cephalosporium Leaf Stripe In Winter Wheat

Cephalosporium leaf stripe is an increasing problem on farms in Scotland where wheat is grown on short rotations.

TN609: Management Of Grass Weeds In Winter Cereals

Grass weeds are an increasing problem in cottish winter cereals crops. husbandry and herbicidal techniques are described, with particular emphasis on bromes, black-grass, rye-grass and wild-oats.

TN607: Winter Wheat Disease Control

Integated management of wheat diseases, including use of varietal resistance, seed treatments and fungicides for cost effective disease control.

TN605: Impact Of Climate Change In Scotland On Crop Pests, Weeds And Disease

Summary of how climate change is likely to affect the pests, weeds and diseases we currently see on Scottish crops, and identify potential 'new' threats that can take advantage of the changed climate.

TN604: Changes In Pests, Weeds & Diseases In Scotland Over The Last 20 Years

The populations of pests, weeds and diseases in Scotland changes over time in response to cropping patterns, varieties, husbandry, rotation, cultivation, pesticide use and climatic changes.

TN603: Soil Dwelling Free-Living Nematodes As Pests Of Crops

Soil dwelling nematode pests are separated into migratory (free-living) and sedentary types, which relates to their ability to move through soil whilst feeding.

TN580: Crop protection in reduced tillage systems

Interest in non-ploughing tillage systems has increased because of the need to reduce costs, to establish winter crops timeously and because of perceived environmental benefits.

TN586: Conservation Grazing Of Semi-Natural Habitats

Most of the habitats that we value for their biodiversity have been maintained or created by human management practices, and in particular, grazing by domestic livestock.

TN601: Ergot Disease In Cereals

Ergot management including variety resistance, impact on animals and management of field margins to minimise risk.

TN553: Minimum Tillage

Guidance on the benefits of this system and what to consider in adopting it

TN:553 Minimum Tillage (102.42 KB, PDF)

TN552: Wheat Bulb Fly and Other Fly Pests of Cereals

Guidance on the risks from pests and techniques to reduce damage in crops

TN551: Pests of Swedes an Turnips - Their Management and Control

Guidance on pests in brassicas and techniques to reduce damage in crops

TN547: Swedes and Turnips - Integrated Weed Management

Guidance on weed competition in swedes and turnips, and both physical and chemical methods of weed control

TN596: Spring Barley Weed Control

Guidance on weed control programmes - optimising herbicide use and minimising cost and environmental impacts.

TN584: Stem Boring Pests of Winter Oilseed Rape

Highlighting the characteristics and live cycle of pests and best management practices to adopt to prevent damage to crops.

TN582: Managing Set-aside and Fallows for Crop Protection

Guidance on how set-aside and fallow breaks can be used to improve crop protection throughout the rotation.

TN482: Aphids and Aphid-borne Virus Disease in Potatoes

Guidance on the management and control measure that can be taken to prevent crop damage.

TN469: Choosing Tyres to Minimise Soil Damage

Guidance on all aspects of choosing alternative tyres to reduce soil damage and compaction.

TN668 Managing Soil Phosphorus April 2015

A new soil specific approach to P management is presented that takes into account the relationship between differing soils capacity to regulate P availability for plant uptake.

TN719: Recommended grass and clover varieties 2018-2019

TN719: Recommended grass and clover varieties 2018-2019 (254 KB, SCOT/DOWNLOADS/TECHNICAL-NOTE-TN719-RECOMMENDED-GRASS-AND-CLOVER-VARIETIES-2018-2019/)

TN701: Pest Management Post Neonicotinoids

Integrated Pest Management Technical Note 2