The Crop Protection in Norther Britain Conference last week gave some fascinating insights into the challenges of producing crops in Scotland. Encouragingly there were presentations on a new fungicide, a new herbicide and a new nematicide. But there were some useful wake-up calls as well – the amount of PCN free land in Scotland continues to diminish and the twin challenges of resistance development and regulatory hurdles continue to mount.
The 1st March brought additional weather challenges – no more needs to be said here about the snow, but there were some great pictures circulating of tractor mounted snow ploughs and farming heroes helping out their local communities.
The thaw will bring its own issues with access to fields delayed for operations such as ploughing, sowing and pesticide and fertiliser applications. A challenging winter with a challenging early spring for many.