Winter oilseed rape crops are mid flowering and sclerotinia control is now the main focus.
Crops are growing well at the moment with many of the earlier sown crops at GS 31/32. Critical decisions such as PGR strategy and disease control will have to be taken over the coming week. Yellow rust seems to becoming an issue on certain varieties while septoria levels are relatively low but will spread once we get rain.
Winter barley crops have grown strongly over the last two weeks. Growth stages range from GS 31 to GS 33. Most crops have received their first fungicide application and disease levels are low expect for rhynchosporium on susceptible varieties. Any remaining nitrogen needs to be applied by GS 32. Final growth regulation will the key priority over in the next 10 days.
Crop growth has been excellent with the dry weather keeping most disease levels low. Crops are advancing towards GS 31- GS32. Almost all crops have received all their nitrogen and the next operation is to apply the main growth regulator.
Establishment of spring beans is excellent this season. Most crops received a pre-emergence herbicide but will need a follow up for grass weeds. Leaf notching from bean weevil is evident in many crop and will require treatment.
A one stage it looked as if the planting of spring crops would be late but a dry spell in early April allowed farmers to get crops into ground and all spring crops are planted by now. Growth has been rapid and growth stages vary from emergence to early tillering. As a result of fine seedbeds establishment has been excellent with no bare patches in fields. Weed control, nitrogen application and BYDV control will the priority in the next 7-14 days.
Sowing of fodder beet is ongoing but similar to maize indications are that the area will be slightly down on 2019.
Good progress has been made with the planting of maize but indications are that the area may be down slightly on 2019. Crops in the open are also now being planted.
Planting season is coming to a close at the moment in most areas and for many growers this will be the earliest completion for a number of years.
in the recent Grass 10 recent report the following comments were made :
Weeds in grassland significantly reduces yield and quality. Docks in silage ground will be the target for many farmers in the coming weeks. The key to successful control of docks in silage ground is to apply suitable herbicide to actively growing docks that are 15-25cm high. The interval between herbicide application and cutting varies between products but can be up to 21 days.