Talking with people last week at the open days it seemed clear that many were planning to begin tractor hoeing this week and hopefully there will be sufficient dry weather to allow this to happen. Patches of weed beet are now obvious in many fields and prioritising these fields for hoeing will be a good move to help reduce the requirement to pull weed beet stems later in the season.
As well as tidying up row ends on headlands it is also useful to help break up tight surface pans which otherwise restrict the flow of water and air through the soil.
Generally speaking, weed control has gone well. There are reports of some big bindweed and knotgrass being difficult to control and this tends to be where first and second herbicides sprays had a large interval between them, or where they contained insufficient active herbicide ingredient. In such situations, back-to-back treatment (5 days apart) should get things back under control.
Volunteer potato control continues, and splitting clopyralid (e.g. Dow Shield 400) over three or four applications is the best approach to provide adequate control.
Last weeks localised hail storms have caused some damage to crops although this is only really cosmetic. Damage ranges from bruising through to shredding of older leaves. However, the younger middle leaves are continuing to grow and develop and the crop should carry on developing well. It is important to be mindful of this damage when spraying, particularly more active herbicide mixes, and to follow the label advice around treatment of stressed crops.
Cereals 2013 - 12th & 13th June
Not long now until Cereals 2013, at Boothby Graffoe in Lincolnshire. Once again, BBRO will be in attendance and we look forward to seeing lots of you there. We will be on stand 5-E-504.
Caution: This information is based on results of experiments and experience but cannot constitute a recommendation.