Potato growers are being advised to check fields to determine how well their herbicides have worked before the blight spraying season kicks off, as Richard Allison reports in this news story published by Farmers Weekly.
Andrew Goodinson, potato agronomist at crop production specialist Hutchinsons, explains that assessing how well growers’ herbicide sprays have worked can indicate any errors in sprayer set-up. “Most importantly, section control must be set up accurately to cover the correct area and avoid missing any area of the crop,” he says.
In addition to ensuring the right fungicide choice at the right time, spray operators need to choose the right spray nozzle for the particular task. “Ensuring you have a robust blight programme is more essential than ever,” Andrew Goodinson says.