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Yellow rust on the move at Rougham Innovation Centre

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Yellow rust in winter wheat
Yellow rust in winter wheat

Not surprisingly with the warm weather we’ve had of late, Yellow rust is on the move at the Rougham Innovation Centre in Reflection winter wheat according to Georgina Wood, Syngenta Technical Manager. She also found mildew in the same variety. All plots were drilled on 22nd October 2018.

Other parts of the country have also seen Yellow rust, but don’t forget this is still winter and weather conditions could change over the next few weeks, meaning we could still have cold weather coming in which may hold the disease back. Active Septoria was also found in Lilli.

Septoria in Lilli

Georgina also noticed that cv Barrel seemed to have much more of an upright growth habit compared to other varieties within this plot (drilled 22nd October 2018).

Comparison of Reflection, Lilli and Barrell

Plots of Graham and Gravity drilled on 14th September 2018 are now at GS29.

If the weather stays mild, these plots could be looking at their first PGR and T0 fungicide at GS30.

Oilseed Rape Plots

In the OSR plots at Rougham, the crop is racing away and the differences between cultivated and direct drilled can clearly be seen.

OSR - Cultivated Vs Direct drilled

Cabbage stem flea beetle larvae can be found in abundance, more so in the later drilled plots.

CSFB Larvae

To see more at the Rougham Innovation Centre, register to come along to the first Rougham Meeting on Thursday 7 March at Blackthorpe Barns, Rougham. Register at

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