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Lessons learnt: The path to a regenerative farm

With the agricultural industry under the spotlight due to the ‘climate crisis’, regenerative farming is a hot topic. However, the ability to be able to change your farming practices comes down to one thing – the bottom line. Rachel Hicks reports.

Chemistry and technique can counter active loss

‘Broadacre’ weed control methods, which are increasingly replacing FAR approaches, mean sugar beet weeds can be kept in check through the early part of the season despite the loss of desmedipham.

Tackling tick-borne disease

With risk of tick-borne diseases changing as new seasonal and geographical patterns emerge, Ruminant Health and Welfare (RH&W) has brought together a new online resource to help farmers and vets to tackle these diseases.

Farmers urged to follow-up grassweed herbicide treatments

Agronomy firm Hutchinsons is urging growers to push on carefully with follow-up grassweed herbicide treatments as long as conditions allow this autumn, rather than risk delaying control until the spring.

Busy time for farmers controlling rodents on farm this winter

As a specialist in pest control, farm hygiene and animal health, Dave Reece, technical advisor to Lodi UK and owner of Oakwood Farm Services, offers his advice this season.

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.

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.

Longer-lasting slug pellets for better crop protection

Independent trials have shown that ADAMA’s ferric phosphate-based slug pellets, Gusto IRON, remain mould-free, durable, and visible for longer thanks to the way they are manufactured.

Grassweed management: The four pillars of weed control

In June, in lieu of a real-life event, BASF welcomed growers digitally, with the Real Results Virtual Farm Online Demo Week. One of the sessions focused particularly on grassweed control.

How big is the black-grass problem and can it ever be controlled?

While ryegrass is reportedly becoming more of a problem, there’s no doubt black-grass is still the biggest weed challenge. But with so much talk about reduced tillage and a depleted chemical toolbox, are growers managing to control it and can it ever be beaten altogether? Rachel Hicks spoke to two farmers in different locations to find out their approach.

£1.8m in funding to fight Flea beetle

Researchers working to combat a devastating pest of oilseed rape have been supported by a fresh injection of funds. Being given £1.8m in funding to fight Flea beetle and protect crops in an environmentally friendly way.

Ferric phosphate must be key player in ICM programmes

With the phasing out of metaldehyde and a wet season farmers may need to update their programme to stay ahead of slugs. According to the latest tests ferric phosphate must be key player in ICM programmes.

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