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Iain Richards Blog

I provide integrated agronomy and support to growers across the central southern counties as well as contributing a regular column to Farmers Weekly.

Cropwatch South – March 2021

April 6, 2021

The crop we’re most excited about this season is oilseed rape. Having taken almost no pleasure from growing it for the past three years, we are once again looking to push performance rather than just limit damage. All the more… Read more

Cropwatch South – February 2021

March 5, 2021

Another season of fancy drilling footwork sees us with three distinct types of wheat – all looking promising but each requiring a different approach to fulfil that promise. The crops drilled on our low black-grass ground in late September are… Read more

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Cropwatch South – November 2020

November 14, 2020

This October was even wetter than last for us; the wettest on record for many, in fact, with anywhere from 190–230 mm in the rain gauge across my geography. A brief respite in the middle of the month allowed us… Read more

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Cropwatch South – October 2020

October 16, 2020

We’ve certainly been glad to move on from the 2020 harvest. While extremely variable, it wasn’t actually as bad as we feared in many cases. Our November/December wheat drillings, in particular, were a pleasant surprise. A combination of better prices… Read more

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