Crop Clinic News - 6 December 2017

Tractor ploughing at field experiment

Many growers will be glad to see the back of 2017, and the havoc that the weather conditions of the last three months has caused to harvests, sowing and silage. With many winter crops not able to be sown, spring cropping is likely to increase with issues such as BYDV needing to be considered, particularly as there are no BYDV seed treatments available.

The temptation to sow early or to go with a very late sown winter wheat or a spring wheat needs to be thought through as it is a gamble against the weather and most of the time there is only one winner.

Something to look forward to beyond Christmas and Hogmanay are the winter roadshows SRUC runs in partnership with AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds in January. Full details are given at the end of this Crop Protection Report. The ‘tour begins at Carfraemill in the south and heads northwards via Perth, Inverurie and Inverness. To avoid disappointment book your place at the venue nearest to you online here. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Thank you for reading us this year and we wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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


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