Well the rain came in the nick of time for most and in large doses for some. Here in my corner of Suffolk, winter crops look a lotless parched and spring crops have finally started to move on. That said, soils are drying out quickly and some areas just did not get the rain, so we could do with a bit of wet weather soon; perhaps the Bank Holiday will do the trick.
Crucial T2 fungicides are going on wheat as I write in what has been a relatively benign season to date in terms of implementing crop protection plans, although crop stress has been an issue. Sadly, it is also that time of year when black-grass starts to pop out of the top of crop canopies, serving as a sobering reminder that refining plans to tackle this particular problem must always be front of mind.
Cereals 2019 looms large in the calendar, which is also starting to fill up with a variety of summer technical days. With the pressure of the spring workload starting to ease and harvest still a way off, now is the time to catch up with the latest agronomy developments and talk face to face with the experts.
Arable Farming’s June issue is traditionally the Cereals preview issue and this year we have 34 pages of essential event info, exhibitor highlights plus details of the seminars and demonstrations taking place, which we hope will help you plan your visit. See pages 28-61 for our pick of the highlights.
Elsewhere we report on the next steps for theCampaign for the Farmed Environment as itmarks 10 years since its launch with a new name – Championing the Farmed Environment. While we await news of the Agriculture Bill and how direct payments will be implemented – and cut – during theagricultural transition period due to begin in 2021, it is perhaps an opportune time to revisit some of the insight and information this organisation, which has done so much work to bring farmers and conservationists together to deliver environmental benefits on-farm, has to offer.
Staying with environmental benefits, we also look to the future of farm mechanisation with a report on a swarm robotics meeting convened by Agri-Tech East. The technology is undoubtedly exciting but one presentation that really challenged me to think addressed the need to involve the public as robotics is developed for use on-farm. With the robot revolution already being discussed on social media and in the mainstream press, there is no time like the present.