Europe, UK, Ireland, Pests and Diseases, Weather/Climate

Disease pressure looms for Scottish potato farmers, says agronomist

A good spraying programme could help keep disease pressures at bay, agronomists have warned. As Claire Taylor reports for The Scottish Farmer, dry conditions experienced this April, followed by a very wet May, has resulted in taxing conditions for potato and cereal growers UK.

Director and Senior Agronomist at Scottish Agronomy, Eric Anderson, explained, “Ware growers who started planting in the colder soil temperatures of April, got through the planting season uninterrupted, however, seed growers who delayed planting waiting for the soils to warm up were caught out by the heavy rain in May.

“So many seed growers began planting in May, but it was then almost a month before they got back to the same fields. This has given a strong challenge in that potatoes have been emerging over a period of 6 to 7 weeks from planting whereas normally they would emerge 3- 4 weeks from planting.”

Crops are now growing very vigorously, with some emerging now into very warm ambient air conditions which means even more rapid growth and challenges from late blight.

Source: The Scottish Farmer. Read the full story here

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