Entries by Cropnuts

Comparing Original Vs Generic Pesticide Performance

Most generic pesticides are budget friendly, but is the performance of the generic pesticide any different from the original branded pesticide? Generic or ‘off-patent’ pesticides can represent a great way of making savings in input costs. But as we have established before in #ThinkAgronomy they are not always identical to – or indeed as effective […]

Using Sunflowers To Reduce Brome Grass in Wheat

Today we explore some benefits of including sunflowers in your crop rotation cycle especially when growing wheat. I have discussed the benefits of Sunflowers in the rotation in previous editions of #ThinkAgronomy, in reducing nematode populations, building Mycorrhizal fungi and improving soil structure. The challenge on the flip side is making them pay in their […]

The Importance Of Cereal Seed Treatments

Getting the seed treatment right is crucial with cereals to control seed borne diseases such as Fusarium Seedling Blight and Loose Smut, and to protect the young plant against aphid borne BYDV. Recently I have heard many farmers tell me that they are planning to plant less – or no – maize this season and […]

Effective Aphid Control Depends On The Aphid Species

Aphid control measures differ, depending on whether you’re dealing with Mealy Cabbage Aphid or the Green Peach Aphid Too often, I receive calls from growers confused by poor aphid control, highlighting why it is vital to correctly identify the species before deciding on aphid control measures. Once again the hotter, drier conditions at this time […]

Spraying Potatoes Before Harvesting: Tips For Effective Crop Desiccation

The main objective of the potato harvesting operation is to lift the crop with minimum damage to tubers as well as minimum amount of clay, dirt and stones. The first stage of potato harvesting is to desiccate or “burn-off” the foliage (haulms). Potato Harvesting Desiccation Good haulm desiccation is crucial to lifting and storing good potatoes. Number 1, getting […]

Why Soil Fertility Is The #1 Defense Against Crop Pests & Disease

By Dr. Rob Mikkelsen, Ph.D. (Soil Science) Fertilizers are responsible for over half of global food production, but there are areas in world with nutrient deficiency and other areas of nutrient excess. Managing soil fertility requires careful application of science and skill to meet production, environmental, and social goals. Getting crops off to a good […]