Light leaf spot incidence reaches 62%

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

Over 60% of samples assessed by Bayer in December contained light leaf spot symptoms (3 days after incubation) according to the latest findings from the firm’s SpotCheck initiative. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Mild temperatures throughout the end of 2019 and no prolonged cold spell have resulted in a conducive environment for light leaf spot to develop, particularly latently within the crop, according to Bayer. This, coupled with more and more rainfall furthering the likelihood of new infections, has driven the incidence of light leaf spot symptoms in samples assessed by the SpotCheck initiative. According to Philip Walker, arable plant pathologist at ADAS, the high number of samples identified to contain light leaf spot confirms the suspicion that there was a lot of latent disease building in the crop. Looking ahead to the coming months he warns for farmers to be particularly careful if weather conditions continue to stay mild. “If there’s a significant drop in temperatures, we’re unlikely to see new infections, and any pre-existing infections will pause in development. However, if conditions remain mild then there will likely be more and more infection events in previously symptomless fields. “A crop carrying high levels of light leaf spot infection into stem…
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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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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...
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