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Dr Syed Shah – AgriiFocus R&D Manager
We have set ourselves the challenge to achieve 15t/ha of wheat and the AgriiFocus site, our Western Technology Centre near Swindon, is where we are carrying out trials to examine the factors to achieve this. Saying that in harvest 2010 and 2011 we did achieve this in a number of our plots but 2012 was a very challenging season and like many farmers the average yield in our variety trial was down by over 30%.
Not surprisingly the response to treatment in this trial was up from 1.1 and 3.0t/ha in previous years to 4.5t/ha. As well as high disease pressure, low light levels had a big impact and meant that increasing nitrogen rate did not increase yield and in many cases gave a yield reduction as the plant had to maintain a larger biomass. All in all hopefully an exceptional year but saying that, we still learned a lot for the work on the site, particularly from fungicide trials.
Like farmers, it has been a challenge to get all the seed required and then to get suitable field conditions to get the AgriiFocus site drilled. However we have succeeded with the winter barley and winter wheat being drilled on 30/31st October.
For winter oilseed rape we have drilled replicated trials looking at different establishment systems using Vaderstad, Opico and Simba drills. We also have for the first time drilled a number of small plot replicated OSR trials with drilling dates ranging from early to mid September.
Nitrogen management along with other early nutrition and PGR inputs will be crucial this spring to help set up a good yield potential. Developing and maintaining tillers will be key and this will be examined within our WW nitrogen trial including different product options.
Hopefully drilling dates will be much earlier in the autumn, which may make the data from some of this year’s trials less relevant. However if we are put in the same position, the work will be extremely useful in guiding us to the best approaches as previous later drilled trials has done this season. Given Blackgrass pressure and declining effective chemical options, later drilling may become a more frequent occurrence by necessity so again the work this year will be very relevant.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our open days.
Agrii West Events 2013 – Dates for your diary
- 1st March – Bridgend R&D site event
- 6th March – Brackley R&D site event
- 7th March – AgriiFocus Spring event
- 1st May – AgriiFocus Oilseed Rape event
- 2nd May – Brackley Oilseed Rape event
- 30th May – AgriiFocus Barley event
- 18th June – Brackley R&D site event
- 4th July – AgriiFocus Main Open Day
- 10th July – Cotswold R&D site event
- 20th June – Wilton R&D Site Event
Agrii’s demonstration sites offer farmers the opportunity to experience the very latest R&D and allow us to join up agri-science with practical agronomy, enabling our customers to constantly improve yields, grow profitable crops and respond to ‘The Food Challenge’.
For more information on these events please speak to your Agrii agronomist, alternatively you can contact Immy Pickford on 07590 963013 or firstname.lastname@example.org