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  1. Ben Treadgold_croppedAs growers continue to struggle to establish winter cereals, it has been a case of waiting to see whether crops will emerge before decision-making on herbicide application.

    Farmacy agronomist Ben Treadgold, based in north Lincolnshire, estimates about 20 per cent of winter cereals have been sown in his area.

    He says: “Some went in very nicely, some not so well, and we are waiting to make a call on herbicides for some which were drilled and sat in water for a week or more to see whether they emerge.

  2. Charles WrightFailed oilseed rape that received autumn nitrogen will not impact on Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) limits for any replacement crop sown in the spring, advises agronomy firm Farmacy.

    The issue of crop failure has unfortunately been more common in some areas this season due to high levels of cabbage stem flea beetle damage, exacerbated by tricky weather during establishment, Lincolnshire-based Farmacy agronomist Charles Wright says.

  3. Matt Ward FarmacyCrop establishment this spring will require careful management to prevent the change in rotation further compromising crops over the next four years.

    Discussing the financial implications of spring cropping on the back of a challenging autumn, Farmacy agronomist Matt Ward told an audience at CropTec: “Don’t mess up what you’re doing with a spring crop, because the 2020 harvest is already massively compromised.

  4. 280918-Ben-Pledger-150x150It would be an understatement to say that the weather hasn't been playing ball over the past month.

    At time of writing, I have growers who have absolutely nothing drilled, through to a few who have just about planted all of the winter cereals that they had planned to.

    Wet conditions are seeing crops drilled into cloddy seed-beds, which won't get rolled before the spring.

  5. Alice Cannon WaddingworthTen leading drill manufacturers are taking part in a trial in Lincolnshire to see how different machines perform when growing cover crops in the rotation.

    The field-scale trial is part of ongoing work at Farmacy's Waddingworth demonstration site, at A & A W Pritchard's Redhouse Farm near Woodhall Spa, which for the past three years has hosted various trials investigating the effectiveness of cover cropping options.