Maximise the benefit of patch spraying for grass weed control

Spraying out badly infested areas of the crop is now a common tactic for controlling problem weeds such as black-grass and rye-grass in late spring. But sacrificing total yield for weed control means it is essential to do the job effectively.

PGRO advises growers to get ready for pest monitoring

Measuring pest populations should be carried out before any decisions are made on applying insecticides, the Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) has advised growers.

Register for Lodi UK’s grain storage pest protection training webinar

Agricultural pest control company, Lodi UK, will host their first ever webinar to advise growers, agronomists, and pest controllers on the latest best practice on effective grain store pest protection.

Metaldehyde guidelines must be followed, urges MSG

Report from water companies prompts call to growers to follow best practice stewardship guidelines for metaldehyde, despite the upcoming withdrawal of the active.

Arable industry joins together to fight cabbage stem flea beetle

A cross-industry taskforce is calling for UK oilseed rape growers to join an ambitious on-farm monitoring and trials programme in the war against cabbage stem flea beetle.

Temperature – more important than moisture?

Pest control expert and Dealey managing director Martin Cobbald says when it comes to insect pests, temperature is key.

Excessive levels of metaldehyde continue to be detected in water courses this winter

Wet weather throughout the autumn created ideal conditions for slugs. The challenging conditions have also meant that farmers have struggled to get winter wheat drilled. But the wet weather has delivered a double whammy, causing excessive water run-off in some areas.

Cereal farm trials to focus on IPM for harvest 2021

Harvest 2021 trials at AHDB Strategic Cereal Farms will focus on the prevention, detection and control of pests, weeds and diseases – key components of integrated pest management (IPM).

Surprise rodenticide resistance results prompt alert to farmers

Farmers are advised that the spread of rodenticide resistance rats has taken a “surprising and troubling” turn, according to Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use chairman Dr Alan Buckle.

Light leaf spot risk lowest for several years, according to forecast

AHDB’s light leaf spot preliminary forecast shows that the disease risk to winter oilseed rape (OSR) ranks among the lowest recorded in recent years.

Independent trials recognise best performing and most consistent bio-stimulants

Independent trials conducted in drought prone soils, comparing the performance of commonly used bio-stimulants on Skyfall winter wheat with a 50% fungicide programme, have found AminoA FLO to be one of the best performing and most consistent bio-stimulants in the study.

Count the days to CSFB larvae control

Oilseed rape growers and agronomists can now calculate the optimum timing to target cabbage stem flea beetle larvae hatch, with the chance to limit stem infestation.

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