The hard frosts are now diminishing although ground conditions are still difficult in many areas, so access to allow pesticide and fertiliser inputs is tricky. Soil cultivation for spring cropping is also hampered by the conditions. We need a few days of drying weather to ensure that pests and disease don’t have a head start ahead of the sprayers for winter and spring crops.
We’ve set out some of the early options to protect crops in this edition of the Crop Protection Report. Tailoring your inputs to the seasonal risk and to the information you glean from walking your crops lets you minimize the pesticides needed without over exposing the crop to risks.
Next week the Crop Production Northern Britain (CPNB) conference is being held in Dundee on the 27th and 28th February. CPNB 2018 brings together farmers, agricultural and horticultural advisers, the technical staff of the agricultural chemical trade and all those concerned with recent advances in crop production methods and in chemical and non-chemical crop protection, including advisory, research and government organisations, to discuss crop production and protection problems prevalent in northern environments.
Spaces are still available and the conference is a great way to keep up to date with what’s happening in the area of crop production. Details of the programme and how to register can be found online here.