Tuesday, 13 April 2010

25 March 2010

General Agronomy Update

Early days yet but reports are starting to come in about the condition of crops as they emerge from beneath the snow.

So far it appears plenty of plants have survived the winter and it’s not necessarily bad as some sources have previously hinted.

As the land dries out over the next week we will be better able to get out on to the fields and see a clearer picture. There will be crop losses as is normal for this part of the world but it is just a matter of how much.

It should be noted that winter kill is often misdiagnosed as winter kill when it is fungal diseases such as Light Leaf Spot or Typhula Snow Rot; both of which can be managed with good agronomic practice.

We still need to see new leaves emerge to assess the vigour of plants but given this weeks warm weather that should only be a matter of days now.

Weather forecast for the next four days is warm and dry with daytime temperatures up to 15oC and nigh time around 3 to 4oC. The warmer night time temperatures will allow soil temperature to increase.