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Cereals Disease Force – round three, mid-May, Herefordshire

The Disease Force Team returned to Herefordshire for a third and final visit

Syngenta has teamed up with Farmers Weekly to deliver #DiseaseForce, bringing you the latest insight on crop development and cereal disease updates from three regions across England.

The third and final round of three on-farm visits saw the Syngenta team join the farmers and their agronomists, as well as independent experts from NIAB TAG, in seeing the progress since the last visit in mid-April.   

Visit three – Mark Wood, JPF Clay, Herefordshire

Our final Disease Force visit took us to south Herefordshire were crops are looking well following a week of showery weather.

However, before the rain came, it was a different story and conditions were very dry. Some plants have lost tillers and grain sites from the stress induced by the weather conditions. As a result, Mark predicts that yields may be down by as much as 0.5t/ha in certain fields.  

Generally, crops are looking clean. The powdery mildew that was an issue when we last visited in April has dropped back as the weather has changed, and rust is not an issue on this farm. There is some Septoria present on lower leaves, as you may expect at this time of year, but this is under control.


Clean crop of Costello

It was very notable that fully emerged flag leaves, in some varieties, were much smaller than you would expect which could mean that leaf two and even leaf three become more significant this year in their contribution to yields. All the more reason to ensure a robust fungicide programme is in place.

Mark’s T1 sprays have done a good job at keeping crops clean, and at the time of our visit, he had already sprayed 60% of the T2’s.

Mark and his agronomist Andrew Goodinson from Hutchinsons, deliberately cut back their spend at T1 so they could invest in the most valuable spray time, T2. This year, the decision has been taken to go with a blanket treatment using second generation SDHI technology.

Mark will be trialling ELATUSTM ERA for the first time this year to directly compare the performance of the fungicide against another SDHI.

T2 applied to Revelation with ears starting to appear

With all our Disease Force farmers using or trialling ELATUSTM ERA this season, we look forward to catching up with them over the summer and post-harvest to see how the season is progressing.  


To catch up on Round 3 of the other two case study farms, please follow the links below: