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Covering The Fens and Marshes of North Cambs, South Lincs and West Norfolk.
Carney Agricultural Services offers a full agronomy service to farmers and growers including the supply of agrochemicals and fertilisers.
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After last year's dreadful results with black grass (bg) control in winter wheat why do we persist? With farming though, another September, another year to try afresh.The advice is still the same:- sort out the drainage, drill late as you dare and apply herbicides before the black grass emerges. Most farmers in this area have heeded this,in fact some were so late I wondered if they had decided not to crop at all. The soil is dry, so seed beds will drain well even if they are a little cloddy. Cross our fingers.
Many more people are opting for spring cereals which are giving consistent results with b.g. suppression, although the re-emergence of ergot in the harvest is something to watch out for. The only control is soil inversion I'm afraid.
If you are leaving land bare over winter prior to a spring drilling, make sure you kill as many bg flushes as the weather allows.
Last winter, Andersons said that growing second crop winter wheat was now a case of managing the loss. Despite a recent rise in prices, which was only due to a pound 're-adjustment' as I prefer to see it as it was way too high anyway, things do not look too impressive. With a price rise and future price guarantee many farmers are planning to again grow sugar beet, which for agronomic as well as price/costing guarantees can only be a good thing. As for bg control, I'm not so sure. Some of the worst bg I've had to deal with in winter wheat have followed a sugar beet crop. So all winter keep the bg control up to speed. Clethodim is proving to be a very effective contact control at the present. But in one field I saw last season one in 15-20 plants survived, so I'm sure resistance will come to this chemical also.
When planning next year's arable cropping if you use the services of an agent, make sure they are informed of your intentions from the beginning, to ensure that you keep within the crop diversification and EFA rules.