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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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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...