269: How using the Pest Bulletin helps to forecast, monitor and protect crops

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269: How using the Pest Bulletin helps to forecast, monitor and protect crops

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The AHDB Pest Bulletin, hosted by Syngenta, provides forecasts and up-to-date reports for most key field crop pests.

This podcast looks at the Pest bulletin tool and new tools in development and how they fit within the wider IPM programme. Dawn Teverson and Rosemary Collier discuss the Pest Bulletin and latest trends in pests, while Bastiaan Brak looks at the latest tools that utilise data and how that might develop in the future, and Carolyn Coxe talks about grower concerns and what they’re saying about their pest monitoring needs.

Our panel:

Dawn Teverson, AHDB Horticulture Knowledge Exchange Manager for Field Vegetables is joined by Rosemary Collier, Entomologist and Professor at Warwick University. Also joining is Carolyn Coxe, Agronomist at Green Grow Consultancy Ltd, and Bastiaan Brak, Crop Protection Systems Scientist at AHDB.

If you are interested in finding out more, our panel can be contacted at:

Bastiaan Brak – e-mail at [email protected]k
Rosemary Collier – e-mail at [email protected]
Carolyn Coxe – e-mail at [email protected] or follow on Twitter at @Carolyncoxe
Dawn Teverson – e-mail at [email protected]

About the Pest Bulletin:

The forecasts are designed to provide growers with the opportunity for early intervention, to help inform pest control decisions to protect crops.

Data is collected from various locations around the UK, giving local and reliable information, as well as historical data to provide year-on-year comparisons of pest numbers.

Visit the Pest Bulletin: www.syngenta.co.uk/ahdb-pest-bulletin

Sign-up to the weekly update e-mail: www.ahdb.org.uk/keeping-in-touch

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Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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