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  1. 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, advise agronomists.

    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.

  2. Matt Ward FarmacyWith soils in many areas still very delicate after the very wet autumn, Matt Ward, services leader, with Farmacy believes there is an opportunity to avoid impacting not just on the 2020 harvest but also that of 2021.

    In their current condition many soils cannot be travelled on without causing long term damage and even by the spring may not be in any better condition, he says.

    “It's important to recognise that the long term costs of establishing a crop on fragile unproductive soils will be far greater than leaving an area of the field fallow.”

  3. Despite drilling his winter wheat in November, Mark Stubbs managed to deliver 16.3t/ha. Louise Impey finds out how he managed this alongside OSR at 6t/ha.

    Award-winning winter wheat and oilseed rape yields are being produced by Lincolnshire grower Mark Stubbs from a farm that just six years ago was seeing yields being strangled by a bad blackgrass problem.

    This year's winner of the cereals YEN, with a winter wheat yield of 16.3t/ha, Mr Stubbs has made a number of changes since taking over at A&C Stubbs & Sons and has been rewarded by an almost doubling of yields.

  4. Matt Ward FarmacyAs the wet weather continues it is important to consider what impact this has had on the rotation and have a plan for the spring to prevent any further necessary losses.

    Matt Ward, services leader, with Farmacy believes now is the time to stop and consider how to make the best of a difficult situation and avoid impacting not just on the 2020 harvest but also that of 2021.

    We have to face facts that soil in many areas are already very delicate – and cannot be travelled on without causing long term damage, and even by the spring soils may not be in any better condition.

  5. John Keer 2019 Fenland Potato Event (3)The biennial British Potato Event (BP2019) was held in Harrogate in November. Challenges from the withdrawal of crop protection products plus concerns around aphids and virus and new, aggressive blight strains, were among the principal topics of discussion.

    Saltex-potential desiccant aid

    Substituting diquat for desiccation is going to be difficult for growers producing indeterminate varieties such as Markies on fertile black soil, said Richard Austin Agriculture researcher Dr John Keer.