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Hit it early: Disease control in OSR

Use disease risk forecasts to plan appropriate and timely spray programmes for oilseed rape crops this autumn, is the advice of Dr David Ellerton – technical director with Hutchinsons.

New partnership offers £500,000 boost to farm sustainability research

AHDB and BBSRC are partnering to invest £500,000 in UK agriculture to help the industry transition to more sustainable practices, and ultimately net zero carbon by 2040.

Positive start to OSR primed seed trials

Priming technology looks set to make significant impact on rape establishment, says early adopter Peter Hewson

Specialists urge prioritising autumn wild oat control

Following the wake-up call of one of the worst years for infestations in recent memory, growers across the country have been urged to put a much higher priority on wild oat control this season.

New grain handling technology on display at Midlands Machinery Show

This year’s Midlands Machinery Show will not only feature the latest heavy machinery, but also let farmers see first hand the latest technology improving harvest returns.

Sixty-year-old herbicide proves increasingly important

Industry interest in a 60-year-old herbicide is at an all-time high this autumn as growers and agronomists across the country deal with an upsurge in grassweed problems.

Has recent UK temperature changes made planting vineyards viable?

With the ever-rising average temperatures in the UK, farmers can look at other options for crops, including vineyards and grapes.

Plans for gene-edited crops could offer “huge benefits”

Defra has unveiled new plans to enable the use of gene editing technologies, to help farmers grow crops that are more nutritious, productive and resistant to pests and disease.

PGRO’s Jim Scrimshaw steps down from role after 33 years

After 33 years loyal service, PGRO principal technical officer Jim Scrimshaw has decided to step down from his role. His last day in the role was on 16th September 2021.

Sugar beet contract agreed for 2022

NFU Sugar and British Sugar have today announced a one-year sugar beet contract from 2022, including the continuation of the Virus Yellows assurance scheme and the futures-linked contract.

AIC calls on Government to work with industry to solve fertiliser crisis

The UK and several European fertiliser manufacturers have suspended fertiliser production due to unprecedented gas prices.

Early applications of boron and molybdenum key for OSR establishment

As 40% of OSR crops in 2020 were reportedly lacking in the micronutrient boron, growers are being urged to make early applications this autumn to support crop establishment.

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