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Growth accelerates in this week’s sunshine

Innovation Centres
Photograph of winter wheat at Syngenta's platform site in Dorset
Winter wheat at Syngenta's platform site in Dorset

This week’s sunshine has been welcomed at Syngenta’s Innovation Centres across the country after the frustrations of the continued cold, wet weather through the beginning of spring.

At Syngenta’s platform site in Dorset, T0 was finally applied mid-week at the third attempt, with T1 now planned for next week if this drier weather continues.

Crop growth has increased significantly over the last week. Blue paint sprayed on winter wheat last week has served as a useful growth indicator over the last few days.

Photograph of blue paint sprayed on winter wheat

After six days another ¾ leaf had emerged. Last week L4 was over 80% emerged on the main tiller, this week it’s L3 over 50% emerged.

Photograph showing L4 and L3 emergence on winter wheatSeptoria is visible on all varieties, seen in the photo below on the tip of L5 close to the emerging L3. New yellow rust is also developing on susceptible varieties.

Photograph of septoria on winter wheat

Keep up to date with results from the Innovation Centre trials via twitter, Field News or InContact podcasts.

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 Senior Field Technical Manager, Iain Hamilton