Cereal Crop Trial Update May/June 2015

Patsy Kehoe our Seed Trials Manager gives us a informative insight into the performance of our cereral crop trials from the week beginning 25th May 2015:

Winter Barley: Varieties vary from g.s.59 to 69. Final fungicide (T3), was applied on 15th May where treated plots were relatively clean.  The 6 row hybrid varieties including Hyvido Volume and Quadra appear to show excellent yield potential at this stage with ear counts and grains per ear up at optimum levels. 2 and some 6 row conventional types appear to have less ears per sq. Metre.

Winter Oat: True winter types are at g.s.45+ with spring types at g.s.55+.  Our crop is located in a frost pocket so spring types suffered stress periods throughout the winter. As a result, Red Leather disease is present on a number of varieties. Otherwise the crop is disease-free. Final fungicide was applied on 27th May. Husky is particularly early.

Winter Wheat:  Varieties vary from g.s.41 to 55 with treated plots relatively disease-free.  T2 was applied on 21st May. In the untreated plots, yellow rust appears a major problem in certain varieties with septoria tritici and mildew at relatively low levels. Dunmore, Leeds and Garrus are remaining particularly clear of disease to date.

Spring Barley: Trial plots were sown on 20th March with varieties at g.s.37+. Some varieties are showing higher weather stress symptoms than others. Treated plots are relatively clean having had T1 applied on 15th May.  Mildew is the predominant disease visible in the untreated plots. All the major varieties, including KWS Irina, Mickle, Propino, Sanette and SY Taberna are showing good yield potential at this stage.

Spring Oat: Varieties vary up to g.s.39. The T1 was applied on 13th May and disease levels remain relatively low.

Spring Wheat: Our trial was sown on 6th March and varieties vary up to g.s.37. The T1 was applied on 13th May and levels of disease has remained very low.

Spring Beans: This crop was sown on 6th March but it is only in the last week that you would see a substantial spurt of growth. Varieties vary from 30cm+ in height with flowering and ultimately pod set being 10cm from plant base. From the years of growing beans at our site, I have never seen a crop as disease free, to date.  We may opt for one application of fungicide at this stage, depending on disease development. We have four varieties, including Fuego and Fanfare included and yield potential looks promising at this stage.

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