Wheat Bulb fly Pestwatch

This week’s report

Hatch is nfieldow underway at all monitored sites. We have detected first plant invasion in the east and this has also been backed up with on-farm reports.

Progression of egg-hatch/plant invasion will be monitored over the next few weeks.

Agronomy Update – 25th February 2015

In this Edition

The “three” crop rule and cereal herbicides
Grassweed solutions for late drilled winter wheat
Planning to treat ryegrass with Broadway Star?
Check oilseed rape now for weeds

This Edition’s FAQ:
What can I add to Atlantis WG for cleavers?
Why has Galera (MAPP 16413) got a 36 month following crop restriction?
What can I plant after failed oilseed rape?

Targeting cleavers and thistles in oilseed rape

CleaversReports of sow-thistles germinating in winter oilseed rape and cleavers not as well controlled as they should be from autumn applications add up to the need for a targeted post-emergence herbicide to tidy crops up and avoid problems at harvest. As well as being visible at flowering, these problem weeds compete directly and smother the crop, making harvesting physically more difficult, and increasing the risk of weed seed contamination and hence admix penalties

Toni McEwan appointed as new Managing Director for Dow AgroSciences UK

ToniMcEwan_2015_smlToni McEwan has been appointed as Managing Director of Dow AgroSciences in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Mrs McEwan, who has been with Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis since 2009, came to the UK two years ago to manage the company’s portfolio in cereal herbicides with such leading brands as Broadway® Star, Spitfire® and UNITE®.

Her career reflects a wide range of business experience in product management, market development and global business analysis.  Before joining Dow AgroSciences, Mrs McEwan spent eight years with the Dow Chemical Company in the United States as an Account Manager and a Marketing Manager.

“It is an exciting time to be given the opportunity to lead Dow AgroSciences UK,” said Mrs McEwan. “We have a strong business that is growing in all our key portfolios – cereals, grassland and oilseeds. Globally, we have a strong and innovative pipeline of discovery research that will see a range of new products coming to the UK market. Each will provide solutions to challenges currently facing the industry.”

Mrs McEwan replaces Scott Boothey who moves to Munich to take control of the Dow AgroSciences businesses in Germany, Austria, & Switzerland.

Dow appoints new Cereals Market Manager

AlexNDr Alex Nichols, an experienced agronomist and Regional Business Manager with Dow AgroSciences has been promoted to the role of UK Cereals Market Manager from mid-February.

Since 2012 Dr Nichols has been providing advice and customer service to agronomists, farmers and trade distributors across Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. His new role will see him drive the Dow AgroSciences cereal herbicide portfolio forward, building on recent success with UNITE®, BROADWAY® Star, SPITFIRE® and newly-launched STARANE® Hi-Load.

Before joining Dow AgroSciences he worked as an agronomist for Defra/Natural England in East Anglia.

BASIS and FACTS qualified, Dr Nichols possesses practical experience of farm management and farm operations (combining, potato harvesting, drilling, cultivations etc.) as well as a thorough understanding of the cereals herbicide market.

“It is an exciting time to take on this new role. Dow AgroSciences has committed to delivering solutions to farming’s needs through innovation. The next few years will see new products being launched to complement our established products for UK’s cereal farmers,” says Dr Nichols.