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Soil Too Cold For Crops

17 March 2010

UK - Continuing winter weather in the UK is making soil too cold for crops, it has been warned.

Spring drilling is making good progress, but temperatures are still too low, agronomists from Farmers Weekly Interactive have said.

James Boswell from crop production specialist H L Hutchinson said soils are drier, but still too cold.

"Performance will be impeded until soils warm up," he told the news provider.

Wheat crops survived the harsh winter but growth has been slow, the agronomist continued.

Agronomist Neil Donkin of agricultural supplier Countrywide Farmers also reported little crop growth but pointed out that fertilisers should remain in the soil until needed.

The experts also revealed the best methods for applying pest and disease control, urging farmers to consider optimum mixes when spraying is delayed.

Research has begun in the UK this month into developing improved crops with higher yields.

The £6 million research is led by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and will look at oilseed rape, barley and wheat crops.

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