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iOSR Focus Site experiences growers’ establishment issues

Agronomy Issues
14.10.2018
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Georgie Woods' first video report from the new Syngenta iOSR Focus Site
Watch Georgie Woods' first video report from the new Syngenta iOSR Focus Site, tackling many of the crop establishment issues being faced by growers this season.

Flea beetle pressure has been taking its toll on the new Syngenta iOSR Focus Site, at Rougham in Suffolk.

Earlier drilled oilseed rape crops appeared to have got going and escaped the worst of the damage from the pests’ feeding activity. But, as with many growers’ crops, the later drilled crops have suffered severe shot-holing damage to establishing seedlings, reports Field Technical Manager, Georgie Wood.

Georgie Woods' first video report from the new Syngenta iOSR Focus Site

Check out the first video report from the iOSR Focus Site and follow more of the updates and topical tips from trials and iOSR growers through the season

“Warm, bright sunny days have been favourable for insect pest activity, whilst the dry oils have limited the small seedlings’ ability to recover and grow away from damage,” she highlighted.

“Like many growers, we are waiting to see just how much of a crop has got itself established."

Georgie remains optimistic that with some welcome rainfall, whilst soils are still warm, the trials could yet see a welcome recovery.

The difficult establishment season has created a severe testbed for many of the techniques that are being trialled on the iOSR Focus Site, including:

  • Cultivation and drilling techniques
  • Seedbed fertiliser placement
  • Seed treatments   
  • Variety screening
  • Phoma monitoring
  • Cover crops – including clover and mustard

Furthermore, variety trials comparing tall and short varieties are planned to evaluate PGR and canopy management agronomy techniques throughout the season.

Check out the first video report from the iOSR Focus Site and follow more of the updates and topical tips from trials and iOSR growers through the season

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