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Tillage Newsletter - May 2021

Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Winter wheat; Winter barley; Winter oats; Spring barley disease control; Beans; Buffer zones; Teagasc tillage podcast; and Health & Safety - Silage safety.

View it here: Tillage Newsletter - May 2021 (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • Winter wheat
    The recent introduction of a new azole, Revysol, and the new Quinone inside Inhibitor (Qil), Inatreq, are welcome additions to disease control in wheat. Both products have performed well against septoria in Teagasc trials. However, both are at risk of resistance and should only be used when required, at the rate required and in mixtures with a multisite like Folpet.
  • Winter barley
    The latest stage to safely use a plant growth regulator (PGR) is the awns peeping stage. Terpal 1.2-1.5L/ha or Cerone 0.6-0.7L/ha are options but watch latest timing.
  • Winter oats
    The final fungicide timing in winter oats is targeting rust and mildew to prolong green leaf area.
  • Spring barley disease control
    Applying a fungicide at the correct timing is the foundation for successful disease control in spring barley.
  • Beans
    The key to bean disease control is early spraying when the disease is first seen or expected. Chocolate spot is the main threat but downy mildew and sometimes rust can rob yield.
  • Buffer zones
    May is a busy month for the application of plant protection products (PPPs). It is important to adhere to the buffer zones on product labels to protect our water. Buffer zones are applicable to all surface waterbodies and can vary in size (1m to 70m), but 1m applies in all cases regardless of application rate.
  • Teagasc tillage podcast
    For all the latest tillage news, the Teagasc tillage podcast, The Tillage Edge, is available on the Teagasc website, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
  • Health & Safety - Silage safety
    May is the month when grass growth ramps up and silage is made. It is a high-risk month and it is important to give safety your first priority.