The crop development report, covering the cropping season through to the end of March 2020, is now available. It provides information on drilling and establishment of winter cereals, oilseeds and the start of spring cereal drilling.
Drilling was severely affected by wet weather conditions this autumn, based on ADAS calculations, 80% of the final wheat area was drilled before the end of November, with most of the remainder (17%) drilled in February and March as soil conditions improved. It is estimated that 76% of the intended wheat area is in fair to excellent condition, with 18% in poor to very poor conditions. The remainder is yet to emerge, which is mainly crops sown in February/March. It is estimated that about 74% of the winter oilseed rape area is in fair to excellent condition, with about 8% considered to be in very poor condition and at risk of failure. Better weather in March has provided farmers with a window to make a good start at planting spring cereal areas and complete some much-needed nitrogen applications on winter areas.