Monday, April 23, 2018

Spring crop popularity builds amid autumn pressure

February 1, 2018 by  
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More growers are moving to spring crops to avoid unwanted pressure from autumn pests and weeds. The area of spring barley in England passed 470,000ha last season – accounting for 57% of the entire barley area in 2017, according to Defra figures.

Scientists explore fightback against yellow rust

February 1, 2018 by  
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The ability of wheat to defend itself against yellow rust will be explored at this year’s UK Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey (UKCPVS) stakeholder event.

Spring barley return spells blackgrass decline

December 21, 2017 by  
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Re-introducing spring barley back into the rotation after a 20-year absence has given a visible reduction in blackgrass levels for a Lincolnshire  farm manager.

Take care of cover crops before sowing spring cereals

December 21, 2017 by  
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In recent years our knowledge of soil science, and in particular, our appreciation and actioning of that knowledge has increased massively. This knowledge helps us to understand and predict the interaction of various cover crop mixtures within our soils.

Spring barley resurgence as ‘love affair’ continues

December 21, 2017 by  
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Spring barley is forecast to increase in popularity again this year, with the 2018 drilled area expected to be up by 3% at 773,000ha – the fourth consecutive annual increase.

Seedbed preparation beckons ahead of spring

December 21, 2017 by  
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This month, Richard Overthrow turns his thoughts to the spring drilling campaign.

Low resistance risk fungicide programmes ‘must become the norm’

December 21, 2017 by  
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Fungicide programmes based on low-risk resistance must be adopted universally to prolong the efficacy of cereal chemistry, delegates were told at the 2017 AHDB Agronomists’ Conference.

Growers benefit from AHDB plan to launch six new Monitor Farms

December 21, 2017 by  
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AHDB Cereals is set to launch six new Monitor Farms this spring as it prepares to ramp up its farmer-to-farmer knowledge exchange network.

Mild weather could prolong pest and disease challenge

December 1, 2017 by  
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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  
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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.

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