Wheat recommendations March 2016

Wheat recommendations March 2016

With forecasts of low cereal prices in 2016 it becomes paramount to tread the thin line of balancing input costs and crop yield in order for you to maintain a positive net margin, with this at the back of our minds we look at the options we have to meet the challenges we will see in March.

In cereals we are starting to see signs of Yellow Rust and I think this is going to be a battle this year. The Septoria that has over wintered is sitting there on the dead leaves at the bottom of the crop lying on the soil, exhibiting black pycnidia on those brown dead leaves. It’s going to be important that make sure you get a T0 with some chlorothalonil and that's going to be a marvellous opportunity to get in with a small amount of manganese and copper, these nutrients will provide a base level of good nutrition over the coming months. Amix Yield our manganese and copper mix will make whatever Triazole, or growth regulator you may use on your cereals at that T0, more effective and I would recommend ¾ to 1 litre. At this stage, yes you can put straight manganese on but I firmly believe that by adding the tiny amount of copper (21g/ha), the small additional cost is more than worthwhile when we come to look at grain formation later in the season.

Many people will be tempted to use IBC's of 15% or 17% liquid manganese as it is seen to be the cheapest way of delivering high quantities of manganese to the plant. We can manufacture IBC's of 15% /17% of liquid manganese but we would rather not, as we are only mixing Chinese manganese sulphate and water and adding a bit of surfactant. It is by no means the best way to get manganese into your crops.  As is so often the case less can be more because the plant can only take up the manganese through a foliar application, so the excess that reaches the ground is wasted as the plant cannot make use of the manganese in the soil. If you do insist on using bulk manganese please use it in conjunction with a material that is going to create some leaf uptake like Probe or AgroSeal, and when this additional cost is taken into account our Amix Yield is comparable.

If you are trying to build a treatment down to a price I would recommend the BroadAcre Manganese and BroadAcre CopperMan where 1 - 1.5 kg/Ha is going to be enough to do a better job than 4/5 litres of basic manganese at the same cost as it is more compatible with pesticides and exhibits superior plant uptake, it will buffer the pH of the spray solution, make it more effective especially with hard water and the cost is about the same if not a little less.