The sun is out and with it come the tractors, sprayers, ploughs and seed drills. A lot of work needs to be crammed into a short spell of time to get T1 fungicides on winter cereals, spring crops sown, plant growth regulators applied, herbicides applied and still have any time to have a good look at what is happening in crops.
The warmer weather will lead to a increase in pest activity, so aphids, pollen beetles, cabbage root flies, carrot flies and other pests will soon be making an appearance. As winter crops get going again with the warmer weather issues caused below ground such as free-living nematode damage and club root will also become apparent.
Bear in mind that the cold night temperatures are stressful for crops, which can make them susceptible to spray scorch when putting together tank-mixes be aware that complex tank-mixes of nutrients, fungicides, herbicides and PGRs can be ‘hot’ for the crop.
Some dates to put in your diary are the SRUC open evenings at our trial sites at Cauldshiel, East Lothian (28th June), Drumalbin, Lanark (3rd July) and Cereals in Practice at Saphock, Old Meldrum (5th July). The programmes for these events will be outlined in due course.