Effective weed control to protect investment in sugar beet
27th February 2024
Effective early season weed control in sugar beet is essential, explains Adama UK herbicides technical specialist, Dr Bill Lankford – especially as an effective herbicide programme can deliver a 10–20% improvement in yield.
Powering up disease control with multi-site efficacy this 2024 season
15th February 2024
After one of the wettest winters since records began, there’s a significant amount of disease present in those cereals which were drilled early and survived the winter successfully. Without knowing how the spring will unfold, it’s impossible to predict with any level of certainty how much disease pressure spring drilled crops will face. But it’s safe to say that crops in both camps (winter or spring drilled) will need a carefully considered programme of fungicides to ensure they go on to achieve their true yield and quality potential.
Application advice for spring weed control
12th February 2024
It has been a challenging season for weed control so far, but there are still opportunities to tidy up winter wheat crops in early March before moving on to disease control at the end of the month.
Take the long-term view for grassweed control
1st February 2024
Understanding how tillage and cropping decisions affect grassweed pressure is vital for building durable control. Low and zero tillage systems are already affecting the weed problems farmers face, and herbicides of all kinds need to be carefully integrated into the programme to avoid resistance.
Garford Farm Machinery showcases future of mechanical weed control
18th January 2024
Garford Farm Machinery will be showcasing its full range of technologically advanced mechanical weed control products, including its Robocrop Precision Guided Hoes, InRow Weeders and Hooded Sprayers, at LAMMA 2024.
Supporting your crop protection decisions and knowledge
2nd January 2024
The 2024 edition of the British Crop Production Council’s UK Pesticide Guide is available to pre-order for January 2024 delivery, with up to 12 NRoSO and four BASIS points available on purchase.
Sustainably managing troublesome ryegrass
29th December 2023
At North Hall Farm in Appleton Roebuck, devoting 23ha of productive but demanding land with serious Italian ryegrass problems to a national centre for sustainably managing this troublesome weed has given the Vale of York family business a huge confidence boost.
High precision mechanical weed control and prevention techniques
4th December 2023
The Garford range of robotic mechanical weed control products can work in a variety of cropping systems and have become increasingly popular as this type of weed control has become more important to agriculture.
Beetles as a bio-control option for slug control in arable crops
1st December 2023
A farmer-led project funded by Defra and overseen by the British On-Farm Innovation Network (BOFIN) is looking at innovative solutions to improve slug control in UK arable crops. At a webinar held recently, a panel of experts explored how a better understanding of beetle behaviour can help.
Give your land a spring clean
18th November 2023
Following a relatively wet autumn, weeds could take advantage of wet soil and open canopies to cause problems this spring. Adam Hinchcliffe of Bayer shares his thoughts on how to approach weed control in 2024.
Rotate your bait: the key to a successful rodent programme
8th October 2023
Every farmer knows that controlling rats and mice isn’t as simple as picking the strongest bait off the shelf and leaving it down for rodents to consume. There are a whole host of factors that should be considered. Laurence Barnard, country business manager for BASF’s professional and specialty solutions, offers some advice.
New free-to-use integrated pest management (IPM) tool launches
29th September 2023
A free integrated pest management (IPM) planning tool has been developed by ADAS, NFU, SRUC and Voluntary Initiative (VI) to help farmers create crop-specific IPM management plans.