The difference moisture makes to establishing linseed

May 10, 2017 2:21 pm

By Martin Lole Arable farmer and owner of Springfield Farm, a Mzuri Trial Farm in Pershore, Worcestershire, UK Keen to drill down to the best method of linseed establishment, this spring we have drilled the crop with our Pro-Til striptill drill and the Rezult harrow side by side to see how they compare. Both trial plots have come up well...

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Pictor fungicide application to prevent sclerotinia

April 20, 2017 4:22 pm

With the linseed drilling complete, I swapped the harrow for the sprayer to apply Pictor fungicide onto our winter rape against sclerotinia. Farm agronomist advised me it should be applied at 0.5 l/ha with the oilseed rape at an early flowering stage to ensure effective protection. I’m told the risk of disease will increase with the weather warming up further...

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Drilling down to the best method of linseed establishment

April 18, 2017 2:44 pm

It would be fair to say that linseed has become an essential part of the farm’s profitable crop rotation and an indispensable tool for controlling blackgrass. This year, we’ve used it as a break crop again and just finished drilling it earlier this week. No rain for nearly a month gave us plenty of confidence to delay the drilling until...

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Early April Crop Update

April 9, 2017 6:26 pm

With the weather spurring the crop on, I only got to enjoy a few quieter days at the end of March before I had to hit the ground running again in April. I managed to squeeze in a T0 fungicide and PGR application at the start of the month just before I whizzed off to Poland to help out with...

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Precision seeding trials with Pro-Til striptill drill

April 7, 2017 2:24 pm

The reason I love being one of Mzuri’s Trial Farms so much is that I get to be one of the first farmers to pilot test their latest developments and share my experience with like-minded farmers from other Trial Farms across the UK and beyond. Being an engineer myself, playing with new kit is far better than Christmas, and with...

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