Friday, 19 September 2014

Centurion MAX – get it right and you will reap the benefits

The graminicide Centurion MAX was launched last autumn and the vast majority of users have been thrilled with the excellent level of black-grass control achieved in winter oilseed rape. With one autumn, and a difficult one at that, under its belt, Interfarm is taking the opportunity to assess the pros and cons and are consequently issuing new guidelines so that grower can get the very best from this exceptional chemical.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Mites and insect pests likely to escalate – so be prepared to apply Silico-Sec in store

A prolonged and warm winter has allowed both mites and insect pest infestations to escalate in grain stores and without an effective broad-spectrum treatment these infestations could attack grain as it is placed into the store following harvest and so reduce its value and even lead to rejection. Growers need to plan how they will tackle this potential problem which could reduce grain quality and price.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Precise timing for thinning agent in apples

Apple growers are looking for ways of reducing or eliminating expensive hand thinning so that they can produce the right balance of crop load and fruit size more cost-effectively. There are suitable products such as 6-benzyladenine that will increase the number of single fruits and so thin apples chemically, but they need to be applied precisely within the correct conditions of application.

Pounce on wild-oats with Polecat

With reports of spring-germinating wild-oats showing up in wheat, growers are being advised to plan which fields would need an herbicide application later on this spring, according to Stewart Woodhead, Technical Manager, Interfarm UK Ltd.

“With the economic threshold being just 1 plant every 2 square metres, growers should be prepared to apply a post-emergence herbicide when weed emergence is complete. Spring germination of wild-oats started this spring around the end of March. So there is time for the rest to emerge before applying a contact herbicide, but this year crops are more advanced than normal, with one third of the area at stem extension at the end of March. 

A suite of PGR’s just right for a busy season ahead

It will be a busy season ahead for growth regulation as there are many forward cereal crops with high plant counts. Winter crops were drilled in good conditions, established well in the autumn and they have moved through the growth stages rapidly, to reach the spring well ahead of normal.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Red spider mites in ornamental nurseries

With temperatures rising and day lengths extending, two-spotted spider mites (Panonchyus ulmi) in ornamental nurseries are reported to be coming out of diapause early and will need knocking back with an appropriate chemical before introducing Phytoseiulus as part of an Integrated Pest Management approach. The contact-acting acaricide Borneo has an Extension of Authorisation for Minor Uses (EAMU) for use in protected ornamental plant production to add to its label recommendations in protected tomatoes and aubergines and its EAMU in protected strawberries.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Squire Ultra- Docks are ready to grow

Docks have continued growing throughout the winter and are now ready to grow rapidly as soon as the weather warms up. They could start growing earlier than usual, but nevertheless need to be controlled in order to maintain silage quality, grassland yield and palatability. Docks are generally unpalatable to animals so the more docks you have, the less palatable your stock will find your pasture.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Centurion MAX adds significantly to black-grass control programmes in sugar beet

Sugar beet is very sensitive to weed competition early on and a planned approach to weed removal is the best and the most common approach. More recently black-grass has become more of an issue in sugar beet, generally due to the difficulties of effective control in other parts of the arable crop rotation.

Timing advice for SmartGrass

Enhancing the growth rate of grassland in the spring so that stock turnout or cutting for silage can be brought forward would be a key objective for many grassland farmers. SmartGrass, a patented formulation of gibberellic acid, has been proven to enhance the growth rate of grass in the early spring, but its spray window is fast approaching and it is important to apply it at the right time in order to get the maximum benefit.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

NEW: Sencorex Flow – new formulation, same recommendations

The mainstay herbicide for potatoes, metribuzin is now available in a new flowable formulation, Sencorex Flow. So potato growers can continue using this well-known contact and residual herbicide as they have always used it, but will find the product even easier to apply.

SMARTGRASS - Ability to increase grass productivity for little extra cost

An ex-IGER grassland research scientist, now an agronomist in the South West, reports that the growth enhancer SmartGrass can increase grass productivity for very little extra cost, providing it is applied at the right time to the right sward.  “We have seen positive results on the vast majority of my farms in the last few years and the fact that farmers are coming back for more is testimony to the product’s cost-effectiveness,” says Tim Martyn, who is acting as an agent for Pearce Seeds.