Wilton preview from Thomas Goodman
With the recent good weather the Wilton iFarm has broken from its winter dormancy, albeit a month later than normal.
The warmth and sunshine has triggered the growth we so desperately needed, with leaf three half emerged on many of the winter wheat varieties and flowering underway on the oilseed rape.
- With leaf three half emerged we now turn our attention to a T1 fungicide application, close to a month later than last year. The importance of protecting leaf three in these open canopies cannot be stressed enough, as it could become a significant contributor towards the final yield.
- Whilst crops are still open it is a good opportunity to target spring emerging broadleaved weeds and any that escaped the autumn residuals.
- The majority of grass-weeds are now taken care of. The majority of nitrogen has now been applied, with some 40-60kgN/ha kept back for application at flag-leaf GS37, or later for milling premium.
Winter Oilseed Rape
- There are a range of crops at various stages of development; early drilled fields are well into flowering. The majority are just beginning to flower and some are still playing catch-up. Canopy management this year has been more site specific than ever before. Wilton iFarm Open Day – 20th June 2013.
- Varieties – Are you happy with your variety choice this year? Is it time for a change? We have 15 OSR varieties and 17 WW varieties on display to help you make that decision.
- N :S interaction – How much Sulphur do we need to apply? At our trial site this year we are exploring the important interaction between Nitrogen and Sulphur on both OSR and WW.
- 15 tonne/ha – Our second attempt to achieve 15t/ha on shallow chalk soil. After last year’s 12.7t/ha performance, can we achieve more this year? Come and judge for yourself. Keep up to date with our progress by following us on Twitter – @15Tonne.
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