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Fieldwise
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Yield Enhancement
Network – driving
winter wheat yields
With the YEN project entering its seventh year
for wheat and its third year for oilseed rape,
what have we learnt so far and what do we
need to think about to produce good yields in
2019? Bob Bulmer (Research and Trials Manager)
gives an update
The main observation is that it is not all about the
weather, there is definitely a ‘farmer factor’ when we
think about yield performance.
Certain farmers (and I would like to include their agronomist
partners) have the knack of achieving good yields each
year despite the vagaries of the weather. It would be
interesting to do some psychological profiling of some of
the YEN group to see if there are some key character traits
associated with high yields. Hopefully we should not have
to adopt ‘obsessive compulsive’ behaviour, but certainly
attention to detail, careful planning and thinking ahead are
all associated with good yields.
One of the surprise results from the YEN is that nitrogen rates
are not linked to yield - this suggests that farmers are getting
a better nitrogen utilisation through good soil management,
timing and other factors, compared to the average 60%
uptake efficiency figure. It has also been a surprise that yields
were not lower this year; again, it seems that certain sites have
performed better than the average 8.5t/ha, despite the Beast
from the East and the very dry Summer.
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Fieldwise
ViewPoint
2018
2018 has been
one of the
most unusual
and uncertain
years that I can
remember for
British Agriculture.
David Hutchinson
A combination of
CHAIRMAN
extreme climatic
conditions, the uncertainty of Brexit, volatile commodity
markets, regulatory disappointments and the publication
of the draft Agriculture Bill. Farmers and their advisors
and suppliers have had much to contend with and several
elements remain unresolved at the time of writing.
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