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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.
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.
A constantly changing legislative environment has resulted in fewer herbicide options since the last technical note on this subject.
Nitrogen (N) recommendations for these crops have been updated in the light of results from recent trials and advisory experience.
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.
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.
An outbreak of tan spot, caused by the fungus Pyrenophora triticirepentis occurred in wheat crops in East Lothian, Scotland in 2010 and 2011.
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.
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.
Advice on how to increase potato yields and marketability by preventing diseases during storage. Details diseases and how to control/prevent them.
The species-rich grasslands referred to in this Technical Note are the naturally occurring, unimproved grasslands that support a diverse range of wildflowers.
Recommendations to give the best financial return for the farmer/grower.
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.
Cephalosporium leaf stripe is an increasing problem on farms in Scotland where wheat is grown on short rotations.
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.
Integated management of wheat diseases, including use of varietal resistance, seed treatments and fungicides for cost effective disease control.
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.
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.
Soil dwelling nematode pests are separated into migratory (free-living) and sedentary types, which relates to their ability to move through soil whilst feeding.
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.
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.
Clubroot management in brassicas.
Ergot management including variety resistance, impact on animals and management of field margins to minimise risk.
Nitrogen recommendations for cereals, oilseed rape and potatoes.
Guidance on the benefits of this system and what to consider in adopting it
Guidance on the risks from pests and techniques to reduce damage in crops
Guidance on pests in brassicas and techniques to reduce damage in crops
Guidance on weed competition in swedes and turnips, and both physical and chemical methods of weed control
Guidance on key weeds, and methods of managing and treating them
Guidance on weed control programmes - optimising herbicide use and minimising cost and environmental impacts.
Highlighting the characteristics and live cycle of pests and best management practices to adopt to prevent damage to crops.
Guidance on how set-aside and fallow breaks can be used to improve crop protection throughout the rotation.
Guidance on the management and control measure that can be taken to prevent crop damage.
Guidance on all aspects of choosing alternative tyres to reduce soil damage and compaction.
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.
Integrated Pest Management Technical Note 2