Progress image from Stockbridge Technology Centre trial plot.
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Nafferton and Cockle Park were sprayed today. Cockle Park has had some slug damage but should be ok once it catches up with the Nafferton site. Not enough damage that is worth treating. Still plenty of crop there though for results and yield.
Images of the Nafferton site making good progress after some much needed rain. The trial site has thickened up well and is slightly further on than the Cockle Park site.
Discussions amongst the team about the potential for aphids.
The operational group met to discuss progress on the farms. Both Nafferton and Cockle Park trial sites have had help from some rain last week following a dry spell and that the plants are doing ok. There was about 20mm of rain. Cockle Park benefitted from some nitrogen. There won’t be any spraying taking place for at least another 3 weeks if not a little longer, weather dependant. The final protocol has been circulated for any final comments. All agreed that as the project approaches one of its key milestones to host the first demonstration day on Tuesday 4th July, Cockle Park Farm, Newcastle. All agreed to host a symposium in October 2019. Title: ‘Biologicals and alternatives to bio-agrichemicals for cereals – What’s available for broadacre?’
Roma Gwynn, Tom King and David Watson met at Cockle Park to discuss the crop protection plans, irrigation and fertiliser inputs, this will be circulated to the group. Holly Jones met with the website company The Floating Frog who now have the relevant information for the website build for the project.
Tom King, Eurofins, visited Nafferton Farm and expects the crop will be emerging in the next 7-10 days. Preliminary schedule is that the first application of conventional and biological treatments at growth stage 25-31. First assessment of the plots is to be made at 80-100%