Saturday, December 16, 2017

Mild weather could prolong pest and disease challenge

December 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Crops

With winter crops now in the ground, growers should keep an eye on any emerging problems, says Richard Overthrow.

How better soil health improves farm profitability

December 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Crops

Soil health is increasingly in the spotlight and the launch of Sustainable Soils Alliance has prompted many farmers to consider the management of this vital resource.

Cereal crops and rape overcome catchy harvest

December 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Crops

Combinable crop yields proved to be better than expected for many growers this year – following a dry and mild season that was something of a stark contrast to the wet weather and high disease pressure that characterised 2015/16.

Defra under fire for supporting wider ban on neonicotinoids

December 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Crops

Industry leaders have criticised Defra secretary Michael Gove after he said tougher restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides were justified by a growing weight of scientific evidence.

Driving out potato blight with dual control

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Crops

Crop scientists have confirmed another tool in the armoury to control plant diseases whose pathogens mirror the evolution of antibiotic resistant bacteria in humans.

British Potato 2017 navigates post-Brexit path for sector

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Crops

Farmers, researchers and the supply chain will share centre stage at British Potato 2017 as the sector prepares to up its game post-Brexit.

Metaldehyde-free farming trial expands for a third year running

November 1, 2017 by  
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The UK’s largest ever metaldehyde-free farming trial has been expanded again after successful second year results achieved a 93% drop in levels of the chemical detected in reservoir tributaries.

Act now to control light leaf spot and phoma

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Crops

Growers are advised to continue monitoring forecasts for light leaf spot and phoma amid an ongoing risk of infection this autumn.

Keep on top of fieldwork to ease pressure on crops

November 1, 2017 by  
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A poor summer has left disease and pest challenges as its legacy, says Richard Overthrow.

Beware blackgrass complacency when late drilling

November 1, 2017 by  
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A welcome respite from blackgrass in recently harvested 2017 crops risks setting a false precedent for winter cereals going into the ground this autumn.

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