Farmer Focus: Foliar nitrogen used on cereals for first time

June is quickly approaching, and the yr appears to be racing on.

Our winter crops have definitely improved prior to now few weeks and 35mm of rain in May to date has helped no finish. This ought to set them up properly for the enterprise finish of the expansion phases.

The spring crops have additionally modified in a single day after a major precipitation occasion.

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Jack Hopkins

Arable Farmer Focus author

Jack Hopkins is farm supervisor on a 730ha AHDB Monitor Farm in north Herefordshire on predominantly silty clay loam soils. Cropping contains wheat, barley, oilseed rape, spring oats and peas, plus grassland that helps a flock of 1,000 ewes and 25 pedigree Hereford cattle.

The nitrogen technique on the wheat has been one of many greatest challenges this yr – not solely how a lot to place on, but additionally the timing of when it’s utilized to make sure most effectivity.

This has meant dashing out forward of any predicted rain occasion (which had been few and much between) to make sure the nitrogen was washed in and utilised.

Currently, the winter wheat (relying on its estimated potential) has obtained 130kg/ha of utilized nitrogen and the plan is to high it up with 20 litres/ha of foliar nitrogen at T2.

This would be the first yr we now have finished this with the cereals, however we now have had optimistic outcomes over the previous few years utilizing it on oilseed rape. This, in concept, will take us to 160kg/ha of nitrogen utilized.

Based on the typical worth of bought nitrogen, common worth of wheat gross sales and our long-term common wheat yield, that is the place we wanted to be.

The method to illness administration has been simpler to justify this yr, with as little as 0.3t/ha in yield response giving a return on funding.

Even although the illness strain was low at T1 because of the dry situations, SDHI chemistry was used.

This will probably be backed up now at T2, particularly as we’re experiencing some wetter situations.

A couple of tramline trials with nitrogen charges and fungicide purposes ought to present attention-grabbing studying with worth of commodities at present ranges.

Our subsequent focus will probably be on silage-making and establishing our Countryside Stewardship areas – ­­hopefully after an excellent stale seed-bed.

Fingers crossed for the correct amount of rain for everybody and a pleasant little bit of sunshine to set us up for an excellent harvest.