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It’s time to think about recruiting the wild oat rogueing team for July/August. Google says ‘sowing wild oats was applied figuratively to young men who frittered away their time in stupid or idle pastimes’.

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Talking arable with Ian Matts: Crops look remarkably clean

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Well nearly almost all the spring cropping was drilled, but not quite. After having to wait patiently for soil conditions to improve we eventually managed to finish spring drilling in early May, thanks to some greatly appreciated long hours from the team to make the most of the weather opportunities.

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Talking Agronomy with Andrew Roy: It is all about water

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In north east England, we are used to challenging springs but this one stood out, even by our standards. The only consolation is the whole country shared our ‘northern spring’.

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It has been pretty frantic this past month but some decent warmth, as well as moisture, means most of our crops have caught up well. We are getting on top of our fieldwork too, so we are moving into the second half of May in relatively good shape.

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Well it happened – it stopped raining and we have managed to move house. We have a great view and it will be enhanced shortly when the local farmer starts grazing the marshes with his cattle. The house move was not without its glitches and a few false dawns, a bit like the weather with the mini-Beast from the East delaying the onset of spring once again. 

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Talking Arable with Andrew Robinson: Reflecting on harvest 2017

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Harvest 2017 was concluded on August 29 with spring beans and as expected they produced a disappointing yield of just 4.28 tonnes/hectare, 16% below our five-year average. The only saving grace is that human consumption quality is there and the gross margin looks positive as, due to weather restrictions, they did not have either a post-emergence grass-weed or broad-leaved herbicide, meaning variable costs are just over £200/ha.

 

While it was our earliest-ever finish to harvesting ...

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Talking Agronomy with Luke Wheeler: Flea beetle and slugs

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With the past weeks’ weather mainly dry and rather hot, harvest is almost complete with only winter and spring beans to cut. Crop yields have been somewhat average this year, with late frosts and little sunlight in May and June effecting oilseed rape yields and causing very low winter barley bushel weights.

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With the past weeks’ weather mainly dry and rather hot, harvest is almost complete with only winter and spring beans to cut. Crop yields have been somewhat average this year, with late frosts and little sunlight in May and June effecting oilseed rape yields and causing very low winter barley bushel weights.

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Talking agronomy with Chris Martin: Time to review and replan

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As flag leaf fungicide spraying draws to an end, it is a good time to review the success of grass-weed control programmes and start to put action plans in place which may have a major effect on next season’s cropping plans.

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Talking Roots with Darryl Shailes: On guard for blight outbreaks

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At last the weather is changing. Hopefully the potato fields will quickly start greening up and develop good canopy growth to offset their cool and wet start to spring.

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