9th December 2017 – Spore diagnostic equipment


Following on from the conference last month, discussions continue as to how the project could utilise spore diagnostic equipment to pre-empt disease periods. The operational group hope to obtain a device to monitor this in the New Year.

The Spore diagnostic equipment would be able to identify:

  • Septoria – tritici but also nodorum
  • Rusts – yellow  (brown to a lesser extent)
  • Tan Spot
  • Powdery Mildew
  • Fusarium
9th December 2017 – Spore diagnostic equipment2017-12-21T16:44:01+00:00

23rd November 2017 – Crop Health North Conference


Crop Health North held a conference on Thursday 23rd November aimed to inspire farmers and agronomists to think differently about how biopesticides for wheat could have a role to play in the future. The audience learnt why biopesticides have been used and what effect they have on the plant’s health. This was an opportunity to explore different methods of practice sharing ideas on how to develop the project further. Following the presentations explaining the spring wheat trail findings, the biological product that is being used and the trial design for next year’s winter wheat trials, the audience had an opportunity to participate in a round table discussion. Themes that came up included;

  • Can the project analyse conventional timings vs. optimum biological timings.
  • Can the project use spore capture technology to identify when spores land?
  • Can the project demonstrate financial viability?
  • Can the project access crop monitor farm data as a comparison?
  • Can the biological add value through nutrition uptake?
  • What is the perception of biologicals with farmers and the general public?

You can view the presentations here:

Crop Health North Overview by Prof Rob Edwards

IPM and Biopesticide use in Arable Crops by Dr Roma Gwynn

Trials Overview by Tom King

An Introduction to Bayer Biologicals by Tim Lacey

Tom talks through the spring wheat trials and plot designs for next year’s winter wheat.

23rd November 2017 – Crop Health North Conference2017-12-21T16:46:40+00:00

16th October 2017 – Drilling preparations


Nafferton and Cockle Park farms successfully drilled for winter wheat earlier this week. The two wheat varieties the trial will focus on are Skyfall and Leeds. The thousand grain weight  (TGW) for Skyfall is 54g and Leeds is 51g. Both have 98% germination. The trials will run 6 replicates on each site of the three sites, Nafferton  farm, Stockbridge Technology Centre and Cockle Park farm. You can find out more about our work package 2 here: https://www.crophealthnorth.co.uk/work-packages/

16th October 2017 – Drilling preparations2017-12-21T16:36:14+00:00

4th July 2017 – Spring Wheat Demonstration Day


 It was a rather wet and drizzly day for our Spring Wheat Demonstration Day in the North East. The event took place on Tuesday 4th July near Morpeth and was open to all who were interested to learn about the progress of the trials.

Prof Rob Edwards chaired the discussions and we heard from Tom King, Eurofins, who is leading on the trial site analysis at Cockle Park and Nafferton Farms.

Left to right: Mulika variety Conventional, Conventional/Biological ( Integrated Pest management, IPM), Biological


Observations from the samples:

The Mulika examples look a lot dirtier – you can see the yellowish leaves. Due to the brighter and drier weather conditions this year, there has not been a great amount of disease. It will be useful to see the yield of the grain and the protein content and to make a visual comparison with Stockbridge Technology Centre  based further south. These samples have not been counted and were for observation purposes only. This may not necessarily be a negative. The vision of the trial is to see how plants can increase their natural defences. A plant may have yellow septoria, however, could  be a stronger variety as a whole and better equipped to fight off disease.

Trial Site, Cockle Park Farm, Morpeth

Full Summary Notes for Spring Wheat Demonstration Day

4th July 2017 – Spring Wheat Demonstration Day2020-02-10T15:39:34+00:00
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