“Ground-breaking success” for hybrid crop trials

Scientists are reporting a breakthrough in efforts to cultivate ‘interstellar’ crops, as a team of astro-biologists and botanists successfully grow a new hybrid crop species in simulated Martian soils.

Working towards durable pest and disease resistance

Erosion of resistance genes is a major concern, and with a declining plant protection toolbox, scientists, breeders, agronomists and farmers are working together to try to catch a moving target. Farmers Guide spoke to an agronomist, a breeder and a researcher to find out what is being done to help the industry – Heather Briggs reports.

Take 15 minutes to complete the Big Farming Survey

In January, RABI launched the largest ever survey of its kind in England and Wales, with a target of achieving 26,000 responses from farming people.

Britons value farmers more than any other country, survey shows

New polling by YouGov shows that Britons value farmers more than any other country.

Arable industry joins together to fight cabbage stem flea beetle

A cross-industry taskforce is calling for UK oilseed rape growers to join an ambitious on-farm monitoring and trials programme in the war against cabbage stem flea beetle.

Farmers get paid for their opinions in market research

Since September, research incentives totalling over £5,000 have been given to farmers, who all signed up to the Field Mouse Rural Panel, as a thank you for their time and contribution.

Cereal sites required to target aphid research

Cereal growers are being offered an opportunity to learn about their fields’ aphid populations by getting involved in an ADAS-led research project.

Public backing of British farmers grows to record high

A survey by OnePoll has shown that support for British food and farming has reached a record high as a result of farmers’ efforts to keep the nation fed throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

9 in 10 anticipate increased need for farming charities over next five years

Over 90% of contributors anticipate a greater need for farming support organisations over the next five years, a new survey conducted by The Farming Community Network (FCN) has shown.

National agronomy R&D network goes virtual

Growers across the country will be able to access their most relevant local trial findings, variety intelligence and cropping improvement advice from the UK’s most extensive agronomy research and demonstration network without leaving their farms this summer, thanks to the virtual 2020 events programme developed by Agrii.

Cover crop costs calculated by AHDB research

Cover crop strategies – designed to protect margins, capitalise on farm payments and maximise environmental benefits – are essential, according to AHDB-funded research.

Unsustainable soil erosion in parts of UK

A study examined more than 1,500 existing records and found 16% relating to arable (crop-growing) land showed erosion above “tolerable” levels – meaning rates of soil loss are significantly greater than new soil formation.

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