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Dr Syed Shah – AgriiFocus R&D Manager
Getting the AgriiFocus site drilled last autumn was a big challenge, as, like most farmers, we found it difficult to achieve good field conditions. Our main priority was to do everything to maintain plant survival, to encourage rooting and to maximise crop canopies.
The application of CCC-based PGR, Nutriphite PGA and trace elements (Cu, Zn, Mn, B) probably helped the wheat crop to produce good yields even in a very difficult year. The benefits of Nutriphite PGA and Quark treatments were clearly visible in the winter oilseed rape and the crop looked healthier, brighter and had a higher green area index than the crop in the untreated plots.
The data and results from this and other nutrition trials will be presented in the forthcoming farmer meetings at the AgriiFocus site. This year field and weather conditions have been much better. We are comparing the yields and quality of 103 varieties of winter oilseed rape, 89 varieties of winter wheat and 59 varieties of winter barley at the AgriiFocus site; Agrii’s Technology Centre in the Western Region. Under investigation are the effects of sowing date, seed rate, foliar nutrition and different types of phosphate and nitrogen fertiliser on crop quality and yield. In addition we are investigating the effect of different cultivation systems, seed rates and herbicide treatments on the control of Black-grass. The black-grass trials are located on different farms so if you want to visit these trials please talk to your agronomist.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our AgriiFocus events this season.