Influencing resilient disease control

Compounding the huge health and growth variation among winter wheat crops this year, recent research by NIAB has shown how leaf layer emergence can vary by 10 days or more within a variety – so accurately timing sprays will not be simple. Speakers at a recent BASF event gave insights into factors which will influence resilient disease control for the winter wheat crop.

Trials assess benefits of wider seed bands

A crop establishment trial to find out whether drilling wheat and barley crops in wider, shallower bands results in the plants making better use of the extra space is proving to be an effective strategy. David Williams found out more.

It’s never too early to be thinking about harvest

The Ceres Barn-Stormer Grain Pusher offers you an efficient and reliable method for controlling your cereal storage, the company says.

Test farm-saved seed to mitigate spring barley seed-borne disease risks

Growers are being urged to test and/or treat farm-saved spring crop seed for diseases such as loose smut and seed-borne net blotch.

New high-yielding variety boosts optimism in UK soft wheat sector

With just five new varieties recommended for the 2024/25 season, 10 removed and a much-improved layout, the latest Recommended List (RL) for winter wheats has a cleaner, fresher look that should enable growers and agronomists to navigate their way more effectively through a maze of data towards an informed decision.

Milling wheat variety tops quality awards 

Limagrain UK’s benchmark milling wheat variety, Crusoe, has claimed the top three positions in the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) Milling Wheat Quality awards.

Digital grain passport: Concerns over costs and connectivity

NFU is generally supportive of the introduction of digital grain passports, but believes the current proposal does not meet the needs of its members – while NFUS says its members are largely unsupportive of the move.

AHDB levy rate increase approved by ministers

Levy rate increases proposed by the AHDB for the Beef and Lamb, Cereals and Oilseeds, Dairy and Pork sectors have received approval from ministers at Defra and the Devolved Administrations.

Grain co-operative maintains 2023 profitability amid continued market volatility

Openfield Group Limited has reported its results to 30th June 2023.

New year brings new challenges

The grain market is now turning its attention to production prospects for 2024/25, while lower fertiliser prices create a buying opportunity for growers requiring product for spring applications.

Upgraded grain processing plant already delivering ROI 

Pete Olds and his father, Len, grow 300 acres of combinable crops and run an arable contracting business at Cornhill Farm in Cornwall. With their grain processing plant struggling to cope with handling up to 4,000t of wheat and barley each year, the Olds worked with McArthur BDC to install an upgraded plant in time for harvest 2023.

Readjust management for backward wheat crops in 2024, growers urged

Arable farmers facing late-planted and stunted winter wheat crops after the waterlogged start to the season may need to readjust certain aspects of how these are managed compared with crops in a more normal season, says Syngenta UK head of technical, David King – including disease management.

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