Crop Clinic News - 17 August 2017

Tractor ploughing at field experiment

Harvest is now well underway in-between the rain showers. Reported yields are variable: some areas are happy but others are reporting low bushel weights in winter barley. The rain has meant that grain driers are working overtime in some areas to ensure grain is 14% moisture or less. Some swathed oilseed rape remains in fields. Wheat is starting to develop sooty moulds in fields which is unsightly but should hopefully thresh off. Spring barley looks a lot better than it did at the start of the season but it remains to be seen what yields will be like in that crop. Seed orders and plans for next season’s crop are well underway. We have seen a few cases of grain store pests being found prior to the harvest from the use of bait bags, and we cannot stress enough the need for a clean store to avoid issues arising at the grain merchants.

Prof Fiona Burnett

Group Manager - Crop & Soils Systems

Address: Crop & Soils Systems, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4133

Fax: 0131 535 4144

E-mail: fiona.burnett@sruc.ac.uk

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