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Clear differences seen between drilling dates at Beeswax

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A field showing the difference in growth between trial plots of winter wheat drilled in October and November
Winter wheat drilled in October (l) and November (r)

Clear differences in growth stages are evident between the October and November drilled crops at Syngenta’s Beeswax Innovation Centre.

This is particularly clear in the winter wheat, with the October plots several growth stages ahead of the November drilled plots. Within those plots, Shabras, a variety suitable for late drilling, is further forward than Gleam. Graham is a variety more suited to an earlier drill date before the end of October. At this stage, it is the least advanced, but known to move through the growth stages very quickly after GS31 and mature early. Plots for all three varieties treated with Vibrance Duo are better established than those with an alternative seed treatment.

A photograph of October-drilled plots of Shabras and Graham, showing Shabras further forward

In the October-drilled barley plots, the hybrids are nearing GS30 and are greener than the conventional barley, with nitrogen having now been applied.

With the possibility of a current insecticide seed dressing no longer being available in the future, trial plots were drilled later than usual in November, to see how the barley performed. Drilling as late as November may help avoid barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) aphid transmission.  All the trial plots, hybrid and conventional, have established well, sitting at GS23-24.

A photograph of late-drilled Bazooka barley around growth stage 23-24

Although conditions remain wet, we’re seeing good establishment across the site, with varietal differences as expected at this stage.

Field Tech Specialist, Jon Ronksley

Infections are apparent across the site with Septoria, mildew and brown rust easy to find. Yellow rust is harder to spot since the cold snap although some was found again at Beeswax this week in the later drilled winter wheat.

A photograph of brown rust and mildew in crops at Beeswax Innovation Centre

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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 Syngenta's Field Tech Specialist Jon Ronksley