Half the battle in achieving good plot data is in establishment so I am confident that the season will get off to a good start. A week later and the wheat has started emerging with Champion being the first off the blocks.
Once we finished drilling at Wardington, we were able to move down to our secret Septoria location in the West! We already manage to breed resistant Septoria wheat but as disease pressure increases, there is a need to increase selection pressure at the early generations. Our site further West is low lying and surrounded by water courses resulting in Septoria which jumps up onto the flag leaf, even in treated plots. With the prospect of more work, the trial operator has had to update his fleet, investing in a Ford 4600 (see photo)!