The past few weeks have been a hive of crop-related activity with numerous open days and visits taking place. On the adjoining page, Stephen Robb looks at information on varieties that are coming on stream via the recommended list system and others that are in the pipeline. In this article, I report on crop condition and disease pressures from the different events and on the recent observations at Teagasc trials on SDHI performance.

This might be regarded as a relatively low-pressure year given that we had spells of dry weather that helped slow the progress of septoria. As a result, most crops with good well-timed programmes are quite clean of septoria. There has been some disease movement in recent weeks in some crops but hardly enough to heavily affect yield potential.