0 February 2020 Pitch Diaries

The key agronomic principle for February is to maximise recovery from winter damage whilst also protecting against inclement weather, at a time when the plant has spent the best part of four months surviving in less than optimal growing conditions.

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There is potential for increasing soil temperatures and the ability for the plant to grow and recover from winter damage.

However, the thing to remember is it can't be forced. Day length may be longer and the sun may be higher as the month progresses, but cool residual winter air means weather patterns may well provide us with cold temperatures and overcast days.

The key agronomic principle then for February is to maximise recovery from winter damage whilst also protecting against inclement weather, at a time when the plant has spent the best part of four months surviving in less than optimal growing conditions.

In this month's diaries we proactively think about and plan for opportunities and threats.

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