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Maintaining standing power in waterlogged fields

Innovation Centres
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A waterlogged field at Syngenta’s Barton Innovation Centre. Risk management is vital to control the increased susceptibility to root lodging caused by saturated soil.

Despite an average rainfall in most places this winter, some areas have seen more than their fair share, causing fields to become waterlogged as we move towards spring.

Waterlogging at this time of year can severely restrict root development, weaken root anchorage and leave crops more susceptible to lodging. Just a few mm of rain can saturate the anchorage zone, denying young roots an adequate foot hold.

Managing risk is vital in protecting against the effects of these adverse environmental conditions. A plant growth regulator (PGR) programme tailored specifically to your situation is a cost-effective method of significantly reducing the risks of lodging and helping root development as we move into early spring growth. The right PGR programme promotes deeper rooting, develops stronger stems and shortens crop height, helping crops outgrow stressful conditions and gain increased standing power.

“After the horrors of last year’s high incidence of lodging, successful plant growth regulation will ensure history isn’t repeated this season”

 - Field Technical Manager, James Southgate

Understanding how different cereal varieties grow is an essential part of that success. Syngenta’s new online PGR decision tool, InSpire, is designed to make plant growth regulator applications in spring precise and effective. It’s based on an extensive database of varietal characteristics, developed with trial specialists at Harper Adams University College.

“We’ll be using InSpire in trials across the UK at our Syngenta Innovation Centres, as best practice PGR recommendations.”

Try InSpire for free and use its recommendations to help your crops gain more standing power this spring.

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.

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