Potato industry event to be held online

The bi-annual Seed Potato Industry event will be held online for the first time, delivered by the Hopin digital platform on the 24th November.

Defra consults on banning solid urea fertilisers

The government has launched a consultation on reducing ammonia emissions from solid urea fertilisers, to protect human health and the environment.

PGRO to modernise 2020 variety data for peas and beans

The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) will launch its first ever Descriptive List for pea and bean varieties next month.

Cereal farm trials to focus on IPM for harvest 2021

Harvest 2021 trials at AHDB Strategic Cereal Farms will focus on the prevention, detection and control of pests, weeds and diseases – key components of integrated pest management (IPM).

Surprise rodenticide resistance results prompt alert to farmers

Farmers are advised that the spread of rodenticide resistance rats has taken a “surprising and troubling” turn, according to Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use chairman Dr Alan Buckle.

Beware of higher than normal BYDV risk

The BYDV risk is likely to be elevated this season as a consequence of several issues, says Neil Watson, technical support manager for Hutchinsons.

Light leaf spot risk lowest for several years, according to forecast

AHDB’s light leaf spot preliminary forecast shows that the disease risk to winter oilseed rape (OSR) ranks among the lowest recorded in recent years.

Striking the Right Balance with Winter Cereal Crops

Across the country 2020 yields suffered due to various weather issues, so many farmers will be keen to get their winter crops off to an early start in an effort to secure better yields next year. Consequently, many fields have already been sown with winter cereal crops.

Abandon sugar import quota, growers urge government

NFU Sugar has urged the government to abandon its proposed tariff-free quota for raw cane sugar imports because of its potential to undercut British growers with sugar grown in ways that would be illegal in the UK, threaten the viability of a British success story and undermine the government’s commitment to developing countries.

Independent trials recognise best performing and most consistent bio-stimulants

Independent trials conducted in drought prone soils, comparing the performance of commonly used bio-stimulants on Skyfall winter wheat with a 50% fungicide programme, have found AminoA FLO to be one of the best performing and most consistent bio-stimulants in the study.

OSR establishment is welcome relief after 2019

Oilseed rape growers across the country are finding this autumn a welcome relief from the disastrous start so many of their crops had with the combination of last season’s dry September and intense cabbage stem flea beetle pressure.

Count the days to CSFB larvae control

Oilseed rape growers and agronomists can now calculate the optimum timing to target cabbage stem flea beetle larvae hatch, with the chance to limit stem infestation.

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