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Adapting to change is the key to success

Innovation Centres
Photo of winter wheat and bazooka hybrid barley at Syngenta's Oxford Innovation Centre
Winter wheat and bazooka hybrid barley at Syngenta's Oxford Innovation Centre

Being adaptable was a key focus of the recent Open Day at Syngenta’s Oxford Innovation Centre. This year’s ‘adaptive disease management’ approach highlights the importance of monitoring crops closely and being responsive to changes in disease risk.

“Adaptive disease management is a dynamic approach to fungicide programmes using disease resistance and other factors such as location and drilling date to assess the infection risk of specific crops. Its success relies on crops being monitored closely and disease programmes changed in response to visual disease level assessment at the time of application.”

Field Triallist, Joe Bagshaw

Wheat varieties have been grouped based on disease susceptibility, with appropriately-tailored fungicide programmes being employed. These programmes remain active throughout the year with alterations being made as site conditions change.

Visitors to last week’s Open Day were told Septoria tritici, mildew and yellow rust remain a risk despite the cold weather, so crops must continue to be monitored and disease kept at bay with the use of early protectant products. T0 products, such as Cherokee in wheat and Kayak in barley, help reduce disease inoculum in crops for the T1 and T2 timings and can still offer a yield benefit by keeping the lower leaves clean.

Future events at Oxford will be looking at seed treatment, application technology in treating black-grass, PGRs in spring barley and variety screens for wheat and barley.

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The Syngenta Innovation Centres are specialist sites spread throughout the UK, with technical field experts trialling conditions, varieties, treatments and techniques to provide advice for agronomists and farmers. Come along to one of our open days to learn more about their research, and how it can benefit your crops. Find the dates and locations here.

Description of Field Triallist Joe Bagshaw