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  1. Dick-Neale“It's worth remembering that all drills come factory set” Dick Neale, Hutchinsons.

    At a recent Farmacy open day at Redhouse Farm, Waddingworth, Lincolnshire, Dick Neale spent some time explaining the subtleties of direct drilling. Andy Newbold went along to find out more.

    Dick explained how the topsoil changes from the first year of direct drilling through subsequent seasons and how the grower's approach should reflect these changes.

    • Don't become distracted by dry springPeter Riley aspect ratio
    • Short wet spell can kick-start septoria
    • Any wheat variety has degree of risk

    Early sown winter wheats continue to be at risk of Septoria spreading up the plant – despite the dry spring which has dried up the disease.

    Favourable conditions last autumn have helped create some exceptional crops which are building further biomass. But growers mustn't allow themselves to become distracted by the dry spell, warns Farmacy agronomist Peter Riley.