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High precision mechanical weed control and prevention techniques

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

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

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

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

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.

Garford announces new dealership agreement with Ben Burgess & Co

Garford Farm Machinery has substantially increased its territory across the East of England with its new distributor agreement.

Maize breeder predicts favourable decision on UK seed treatment ban

Following a successful lobbying campaign for the government to withdraw or delay the impending ban on seed treatments, Limagrain UK is optimistic that treated maize seed will still be available to growers for the upcoming season.

Aphid control critical for managing BYDV risk this autumn

With higher than average BYDV risk predicted this autumn, managing aphids that can infect newly emerging cereal crops will be of critical importance to arable growers, warns Neil Watson from production specialists Hutchinsons.

Keep revised WRAG guidance in mind when managing stubbles ahead of autumn drilling

Farmers need to maximise efficacy and minimise resistance risks when using glyphosate to eliminate weeds ahead of drilling according to Matt Siggs of Bayer. Roundup (glyphosate) is a vital control tool on many farms, so a proactive approach is best to ensure long-term efficacy.

Prevent weed spread in maize with split dose herbicide strategy

With rising temperatures and a high water table providing optimal growing conditions for both cash crops and undesirable weeds, growers are advised to consider a split dose post-emergence herbicide approach to reduce competition for nutrients and protect final yield.

Sugar beet growers urged to keep aphid numbers in check

Following reports of peach-potato aphids caught in traps across the sugar beet growing area, farmers are being advised to monitor aphid numbers closely and treat non-Cruiser protected crops with a foliar insecticide as soon as thresholds are met.

Advice for season-long pest control to protect brassica plant health and final yield quality

Simon Jackson, Syngenta’s technical manager, provides advice to support vegetable growers with decisions on programmes to deal with pest control and the difficult challenges to come through the growing season.

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