Verticillium wilt was found in an average of 16% of crops in harvest years 2009–2011. It was most prevalent in eastern England. This publication provides an overview of the disease and management options.
Septoria tritici is the most important wheat disease in the UK. Azole fungicides are currently the primary control method and anti-resistance strategies need to be applied to preserve and extend the useful life of these active ingredients.
Take-all is a serious soil-borne disease of cereals. It is estimated that half of UK wheat crops are affected and that they suffer average yield losses of 5 to 20%. This publication provides an overview of the disease and management options.
Wheat blossom midge larvae feed on the developing seeds, causing small, shrivelled grains with poor germination. Damage to the outer layer of the grain allows water to enter, resulting in sprouting in the ear and fungal attack.
Weed control in oats is difficult because there is a limited range of herbicides available. In organic oats, there are three key methods of management: control during the ley phase of the rotation, stale seedbeds and mechanical weeding in the crop.
This publication includes information on the availability of sulphur (S) from manures and biosolids, the importance of correct fertilisation to achieve quality and diagnosing and treating S deficiency.
This publication provides a concise overview of the use of micronutrients in cereals and oilseed rape crops, with sections on availability in UK soils, visual symptoms, factors affecting deficiencies, and analysis and treatment methods.
Cereal straw - use, incorporate or sell? The 1993 ban on burning straw led to a considerable increase in the area of cereal straw which is baled. In recent years, over 60% of wheat and more than 90% of barley straw is estimated to have been baled.
No-till means sowing directly into the residues of the previous crop without any prior topsoil loosening. The objective is to reduce production costs while maintaining or increasing yields with possible added environmental benefits.
This publication gives information on detecting and controlling mites in grain stores. Mites can infest and damage grain, they can also act as vectors for pathogens. In the UK there are at least 12 species of mite which can damage grain.