this year, it's shaping up to be an early season for many cereal
growers, with crops a week to 10 days ahead of normal.
Compared to previous years, disease levels are not currently
exceptionally high; however, there is plenty of
Ramularia infection in barley and yellow rust in some wheat
That's according to Billy Cotter from Syngenta, who says that
ensuring a robust fungicide programme is in place, one that
offers persistent disease control against the key diseases, will be
vital to stay one step ahead, particularly as spray programmes
are running ahead of the usual calendar dates.
This year has seen the registration of Syngenta's new SDHI
fungicide, Elatus Era, based on the novel active ingredient
solatenol in co-formulation with prothioconazole.
"For growers in Ireland, Elatus Era is a welcome addition to the
crop protection armoury. This fungicide has proven itself in a
series of Irish and European trials as a persistent fungicide that
performs exceptionally well in both curative and protective
situations, delivering consistent yield returns," Mr Cotter said.
"On winter wheat, Elatus Era fits at either the T1 or T2 timing.
Many growers are favouring the T1 timing at present to take
advantage of the product's persistent activity in case there is
a longer-than-usual break between T1 and T2. But, trials have
proven that it works equally as well at T2.
"Its ability to control
"In winter barley, we'd recommend it's used at either GS32 or
GS39 to GS49, alternating with a non-triazole SDHI fungicide,
such as Bontima, within programmes to continue to protect the
efficacy of triazoles.
"We've seen Elatus Era in trials and know it can perform. Now it's
time to see the results in the field this season."
between making money or a loss, precision in farming has never
That's according to Topcon, which says it has the tools to help
farmers make savings. Such tools include the Topcon X family of
"The X14 is designed primarily for manual guidance, with the SGR-1
receiver well known for its good reception in hilly and tree lined
areas," a Topcon spokesperson said. "The X14 features a full range
of manual and auto guidance patterns; has a simple, intuitive, icon-
based, user-definable interface; is easy to set up on leading market
vehicles; has a bright, sunlight-readable display; and is easy-to-
learn, easy-to-use and easy-to-upgrade as needs grow."
Topcon says the X25 is for the user who intends to auto-steer,
with all levels of accuracy available from 15cm down to 2.5cm,
depending on user requirements, or to control fertiliser spreaders
for section rate and section control.
"Many dairy farms are now making good use of this technology
with small or odd-shaped paddocks, eliminating overlaps. Sprayers
can also avail of this technology of rate and section control by
Serial or Isobus connectivity, and remote access for support," the
In addition to several of the features available on the X14, Topcon
says the X25 features: full mapping and data management
capability; bright, sunlight-readable display; full ISO UT and ISO
TC embedded; basic and advanced feature packages for any size
operation; and exportable boundary, coverage, logging and as-
The Topcon X35 is the flagship of the range. In addition to all the
functionality of the X25, it features: 12.1-inch colour touchscreen
display; Topcon Horizon Software embedded; new remote support
tool, allowing technicians to remotely diagnose and fix issues;
data transfer through Topcon's cloud-based solution; and direct
connectivity with up to six cameras.
A TAMS grant is available, according to Topcon.