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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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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