Tech Talk – The unpredictable predator

Written by Tom Allen-Stevens from CPM Magazine

Download PDF Don’t allow the last few years of low septoria pressure to lull you into a false sense of security – it’s evolved into a greater threat than ever. CPM gleans expert advice on the pathogen and how to use new chemistry to keep it in check. Septoria is an odd-ball pathogen. By Tom Allen-Stevens Last season was tough for wheat growers. It started with very low septoria pressure and PCR testing revealed a very low threat from the disease right up until flag leaves emerged. Then the weather changed, it turned warm and wet, and this showed that if you get the right conditions, septoria will rip through your wheat crop, if left exposed, notes NIAB crop protection and agronomy specialist Dr Aoife O’Driscoll. It’s a challenging pathogen, and many varieties with supposedly good resistance didn’t perform as they should, she adds. This year new chemistry may help growers address the threat, though, says Mike Ashworth, cereal fungicide product manager with Corteva Agriscience. But resistance management will be crucial to preserve efficacy against this predatory pathogen. Here they describe the challenges and best tactics for the season. Why is septoria control challenging? In comparison with most cereal diseases,…
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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...