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Assess the agronomic risks that could affect establishment in your particular fields. As well as weed problems that can compete with crop establishment, consider the below factors.

Soil Type

There is no ‘perfect’ soil, but some soil types do pose additional challenges:

Light land – less able to deal with drought
Heavy land – More difficult to cultivate for an optimum seedbed

Choosing a seed treatment which can help rooting, in order to scavenge for moisture, or that can help with establishment in a range of cropping systems might be a consideration.

Previous Cropping

Disease risk can be influenced by the previous crop, for example, second cereals increase the risk of Take-all.