Crop Doctor – All to play for

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF The Crop Doctor team go back on tour to assess disease development across the country just as T1 fungicide programmes swing into action. CPM gets an insight into how the dry April has affected disease pressure. It’s wet with dew in the mornings and breezy so if it warms up, disease will start to move. By Lucy de la Pasture Under dramatic skies the ground at the Callow trial site, just a few miles south of Hereford, is already starting to crack. The big fluffy cumulus clouds bear no promise of rain but that’s not an issue yet on the silty clay soil that’s holding on to plenty of water and nutrients to nourish the wheat. It’s 25 April and just 15mm of rain has fallen in the five weeks since the Crop Doctors last examination, and most of that was at the beginning of the month, reports Bayer’s Gareth Bubb. It was enough to get the recently applied nitrogen to where the wheat plants need it and most of the varieties at the site are poised on the brink of leaf three fully emerged – the timing for T1 fungicide application – or with leaf two just…
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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...