BASF Agricultural Solutions UK

A pragmatic approach to disease control

Congratulations to our winner Chris Greenaway from Gloucestershire who responded to the CPM/BASF survey on cereal disease control and has won the fabulous prize of a 256GB 11” iPad Pro WiFi – worth £948.

Chris is farm manager and in-house agronomist for Richard Beldam Farms near Gloucester. Chris manages 1,600 hectares, of which 800 hectares are cereals.

The aim of the survey was to explore the key challenges facing growers when it comes to cereal disease control.

Chris’ responded to the survey and completed the tie-breaker question, which asked respondents to detail a real on-farm story about disease control.

His answer was: “In 2020 we were extremely dry, so I cut back on T2 spray. I checked the crop every other day and from nowhere Septoria and yellow rust appeared overnight. I immediately sprayed a T2.5/3 to recover the situation. Although the yield was okay, I would never cut back on T2 again.”

David Griffiths is the local BASF Agronomy Manager and has been part of the jury. “We were impressed by Chris’ pragmatic approach and responsiveness. He precisely stressed the importance of ensuring a robust but adaptable programme to cover all eventualities”.

David explains: “Septoria is the number one disease for wheat growers and we know the tools to fight it have declined rapidly – so we must be pragmatic in how we approach disease going forward.

“It’s important to stress and recognise that just because a leaf is green, doesn’t mean it’s not infected. We’ve been doing a lot of work in this area through our CuraCrop monitoring programme, and the main message from that is: don’t be fooled if you’ve got clean top two leaves at T2,” advises David.

Read more about the survey results here.