Most crops are now harvested, with a few potato crops still to come in. Consequently winter crops are now mostly in, except for winter wheats to be sown after the last of the potatoes have been lifted. Pest and disease issues are low in crops through the ground, however, these late winter wheats that have gone in or about to be sown will be at the mercy of slugs and wheat bulb fly. And they have no mercy, so consider some of the management options outlined in this Crop Protection Report.
The estimated Scottish Cereals and Oilseed Rape Harvest figures were released last week by the Scottish Government which are based on crops already harvested in September.
Final estimates, based on a survey of cereal and oilseed rape farms, will be published in December and may paint a more realistic picture.
There are a range of Farm Advisory Service (FAS) events being held over the winter where SRUC contributors to the Crop Protection Report will be presenting.