Up and away with Bridgeway
Like much of the country, the biggest challenge in East Anglia at present is later-drilled winter crops that are in much need of a pick-me-up, says Frontier agronomist, Neil Leech. “Many crops went into less than ideal seedbeds and are only just about covering the ground. Early nitrogen and phosphate is essential, but many of these crops will need all the additional help they can get.”
In a bid to rectify the damage caused by the prolonged wet weather spell, Neil says he’ll be using Bridgeway to give crops a boost this season. “I’ve trialled Bridgeway for the past couple of years and I think the general message this spring is that plants will be needing all the help they can get at the moment – this is where Bridgeway could be of particular use.”
Bridgeway will also play an essential role in getting spring crops up and away, he adds. “Quick growth and the ability to layer a complex root down fairly sharpish will be essential for the success of spring crops this year.
“Bridgeway will definitely help here to maximise rooting and with the ability to withstand adverse effects from potential stress situations.”
While investing in a product without knowing what the return may be seems daunting, Bridgeway is an incredibly beneficial insurance policy to have, adds Neil. “A few years ago, I think there were more questions than answers about biostimulants – no one could quite ever understand what they do. But now we know more about amino acids and from what I have observed myself, it just seems to boost plant health and keep things alive for longer.
“While you don’t know for certain what you’re going to get back, there’s more of a gain to be made if you do run into stress. It’s a preventative strategy to maximise crop potential and waiting to be reactive will be too late.”