New web-based service reveals UK locations of yellow rust



Written by Charlotte Cunningham

A new web-based service to help UK wheat growers and agronomists stay a step ahead of unpredictable yellow rust outbreaks is being launched by Syngenta. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Rust locator 2021 – available at – uses an interactive map to record the locations of yellow rust infections, along with the variety affected, its yellow rust resistance rating and drilling date. Having a regional picture of where infections are appearing gives growers and agronomists added information to help head off outbreaks before they become more damaging, says Syngenta disease control specialist, David Ranner. “Information for Rust Locator 2021 is provided by Syngenta field staff,” says Mr Ranner. “But we’re also encouraging growers and agronomists around the country to submit their own yellow rust sightings, with a chance to win a branded Elatus Era tube scarf for those who do. “By having more people uploading ‘eyes-on-the-ground’ sightings, we want Rust Locator 2021 to be for everyone’s collective benefit. Yellow rust can cause yield losses of up to 50%. Like Septoria tritici, it is a disease that is better prevented, rather than trying to cure it once established. But we have seen over recent years how quickly infections can escalate, and how…
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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...