Majority of crops have escaped both disease and lodging despite the weather's best efforts
The extremely wet weather of the last few weeks has left field work difficult at best. However, low disease pressure has helped to keep most crops very clean with only early-sown winter wheat showing relatively high levels of septoria.
If you haven't already done so, T3 sprays should be applied this week. The chemical choice will be dictated by the level of disease present, with robust rates of triazoles or SDHIs essential where septoria levels are high.
The disease targets are septoria tritici and nodorum, rusts, mildew and ear diseases. A strobilurin should also be considered on crops with yield potential for the control of micodochium nivale. These chemicals also help to prolong the "greening effect".
A mildewicide should also be included, particularly in mildew-prone varieties such as Lion, Cordial, JB Diego and Einstein.
Winter barley crops seem to have stood reasonably well considering the high levels of rainfall.
The potential for lodging will increase as the crops become heavier through grain fill. Crops appear very clean and the yield potential looks good.
At the moment it appears that the winter barley harvest will be later than normal this year, but a few good weeks can make a big difference.
Winter oats is the crop that appears to have suffered most from lodging. Large tracks of winter oat crops can be seen flattened.