Cereal Killers

Cereal Killers will cover all the pests, diseases, and weeds that try to kill arable crops. Each week we do a deep dive on one challenge facing arable farmers. Hopefully revealing some new insights to help you fight these pernicious beasts, bugs and pathogens! If you are a farmer or agronomist, we would love to interview you on the podcast. Please email Russell@eutrema.co.uk Cereal Killers is hosted by: Dr Russell Sharp, Managing Director of Eutrema Ltd Josie Cuccia, Lecturer at Moulton College

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Episodes

Friday Jul 28, 2023

A podcast all about the pest, diseases, and weeds that try to kill arable crops! A podcast for farmers and agronomists from the team at Eutrema. Visit eutrema.co.uk for more details.
Dr Russell Sharp, Managing Director, Eutrema Ltd
Josie Cuccia, Lecturer, Moulton College, Northamptonshire

SLUGS!

Sunday Jul 30, 2023

Sunday Jul 30, 2023

A deep dive into all things SLUGS! 
A serious pest for oil seed rape (OSR), potato and sometimes wheat farmers.
We focus on some of the more interesting aspects of slugs and their control. Not least, the use of Eutrema's new SLUGGER product, which we are trialling on OSR crops this autumn. For more details visit:
https://eutrema.co.uk/shop/biostimulants/slugger/ 
 

BLACK GRASS!

Sunday Jul 30, 2023

Sunday Jul 30, 2023

A deep dive into how arable farmers can turn the tide against this pernicious weed. Black grass is a weed that has proven very successful at invading cereal crops due to a number of key features. We talk about these features and new ways to control black grass. For more details, please visit: 
https://eutrema.co.uk/the-black-grass-biology-group/

RUST!

Sunday Jul 30, 2023

Sunday Jul 30, 2023

Puccinia, or to me and you, RUST!
A serious problem for arable farmers, especially if it hits early in the growing season.
We discuss the very unusual biology of the many species of rust that infect cereal crops. Plus we discuss some very novel methods of control. Not least Eutrema's CHITOSAN bio-fungicide. For more information on one of these, please visit:
https://eutrema.co.uk/shop/pesticides-organic/chitosan/
 

THRIPS!

Sunday Aug 06, 2023

Sunday Aug 06, 2023

There are over 6000 species of thrips. Luckily, only a few of these attack arable crops.
Thrips feed off the top surface of the leaf, leaving characteristically silver markings behind.
Thrips lay their eggs INSIDE leaves, which makes killing every point of the life cycle difficult. Plus the pupae fall to the soil halfway through their lifecycle, again meaning foliar targeted insecticides can be ineffective at stopping future populations building up.
We discuss thrips swarming only during thunderstorms, the female dominated populations, and of course methods of controlling thrips.
If you would like to discuss thrips further, please contact us by visiting https://eutrema.co.uk
 

BROME!

Sunday Aug 13, 2023

Sunday Aug 13, 2023

Brome is a weed that is very different to the other weed we have already discussed, black grass. This is because brome weeds have very large seeds, and they are closely related to all cereal crops.
This means that while they might not travel as far as black grass, they can hold more cereal diseases than black grass.
We discuss control methods such as herbicides, rotation, planting date, and densities. 
Soft brome, and sterile brome are the main species that are weeds in arable crops.
To discuss brome weeds further, please contact us by visiting https://eutrema.co.uk

PEACH POTATO APHID!

Sunday Aug 20, 2023

Sunday Aug 20, 2023

Peach potato aphid is a pest that doesn't cause a massive amount of damage directly by feeding on the crop.
However, this aphid is a vector for hundreds of plant diseases. Plus it can feed off plants in over 40 plant families. As such, farmers need to be able to control the peach potato aphid to ensure the crops do not get infected with a damaging virus.In this podcast we discuss the unusual biology of the peach potato aphid and methods for controlling it. Both organic and conventional methods.
If you would like to discuss aphids further, please contact us by visiting https://eutrema.co.uk

POWDERY MILDEW!

Sunday Aug 27, 2023

Sunday Aug 27, 2023

Powdery mildew affects every type of crop on the farm (except Christmas TREES!). However, the type of mildew that affects each species is different. That means you cannot get cross-infection between crops or weeds.
Mildew thrives in warm humid conditions, but actually doesn't like being sprayed with water!
 
We talk about how to prevent powdery mildew and control methods for when you have a crop that is starting to become infected.
If you are currently suffering from powdery mildew, check out Eutrema's bio-fungicide Chitosan.

PIGEONS!

Sunday Sep 03, 2023

Sunday Sep 03, 2023

On the face of it, not the most interesting of subjects. However, you will find this episode both informative and hilarious. Did you know about pigeon milk or domesticated dodos? No, neither did I until this episode!
If you would like to discuss alternative options for pigeon control, please contact us at Eutrema.
https://eutrema.co.uk

SALINITY!

Monday Sep 11, 2023

Monday Sep 11, 2023

Salt is a common food for humans, but it is deadly toxic to plants.
You should be aware of the symptoms of salinity damage on any farm as it can be an issue anywhere, not just on the coast or in arid countries!
In this episode we discuss the symptoms of salt damage, the effects it has on the plant, plants that tolerate salt (halophytes), ways to overcome or avoid salt damage, and some minor benefits of having salt in the soil.
 
At Eutrema we actively avoid sodium as an ingredient in our agri-inputs and work with farmers to reduce the level of sodium entering the cropping system. Get in touch with us to find out more by visiting https://eutrema.co.uk
 

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