Tillage Newsletter - June 2023
09 June 2023
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In this month's edition:
- Teagasc Crops Open Day 2023
This year’s Teagasc Crops Open Day will be held, in conjunction with the Irish Farmers Journal, at Oak Park on Wednesday, June 21. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Crops and Cover Crop Cultivations’. The event will incorporate machinery demonstrations as well as outputs from the Crops Research Programme, which will be on display across field trials and active demonstrations
- Spring barley - Disease control
Some early-drilled crops have already received their final fungicide; however, most of the later-sown crops still have to receive their final application. Late-season disease control in spring barley is designed to control diseases such as rhynchosporium, net blotch and ramularia.
- Winter wheat - Disease control
Septoria is very visible in most crops; however, the infection is reasonably well controlled in crops where the leaf 3 and flag leaf fungicide applications were applied on time.
- Spring oats
Many crops were drilled late this year and these are moving through the growth stages quite quickly. Growth regulation should be used between the second and third node. Apply CCC 750g/L at 1.5-2.0L/ha. Ceraide, Medax Max or Moddus are also options here.
Foliar diseases such as chocolate spot, downy mildew and rusts must be controlled to keep the foliage for as long as possible. All diseases develop quickly in warm humid conditions.
- Spring wheat - PGR and disease control
Apply CCC from GS30-31 for maximum effect. The rate is dependent on the risk of lodging but will generally be in the range CCC 75% 1.0L/ha. Check product labels for total dose of CCC and/or consider Medax Max or Moddus to GS32.
- Get weed samples tested for resistance now
The results of herbicide resistance testing from 2022 samples paint a worrying picture, where >70% of blackgrass or Italian ryegrass tested were resistant to both ACCase and ALS herbicides. We also found poppies resistant to ALS and/or hormone type (2,4-D) herbicides.
- Health & Safety - Organise to stay safe
Three farm workplace fatalities have been reported to the HSA in 2023. Over 4,500 farm workplace injuries occur annually, with 80% requiring medical treatment. Farms get busier in June, especially with machinery. Organising work is crucial to prevent injuries. Keep safety to the fore by having all guards in place and using safe work practices.