Crop Clinic News - 17 August 2018

Tractor ploughing at field experiment

Harvest is now well underway in most areas with mixed reports on yields and quality. With the season we have had many growers relieved that it has not been as bad as feared, but no records will be broken this year.

Straw is also an issue this season with the shorter than usual spring barleys leading to another shortage. 

Pesticides are again in the news, with the outcome of the lawsuit in the USA against glyphosate causing some waves over here. We will have to wait to see what repercussions this may have regarding glyphosate use in the UK.

Sowing of 2019 crops is now uppermost in most people’s minds, and in this Crop Protection Report we highlight some of the potential risks to crops from sowing onwards this autumn. Seed treatments can play a significant role in protecting cereal crops and these are summarised. 

The warm summer has been good for some pests, with aphid numbers higher than average which pose risks to crops still in the ground such as potatoes and carrots, and to crops just sown such as cereals and oilseed rape.

 

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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