Farmers flat out with last of crops and drilling
Rothamstead harvests first GM trial plot of camelina
Q&A on what the new sprayer rule changes are and what you need to do
See the winner and runners up of our harvest cover competition
I am intrigued by the current makeover of the grain traders in our area.
I am writing this piece fully aware that it will appear in print the day after the referendum and I sincerely hope that the Scottish electorate have made the right decision by voting No to independence.
Gross margins today indicate that maize is not profitable.
Harvest finished on 22 August. That’s not quite a record finish at Belvoir, but it's not far off.
I’m going to start by putting my hands up and saying sorry for tempting fate in my last piece.
Planning autumn growth, harvesting and storage.
Advice on how to control slugs without impact on the environment.
The main factors to consider when establishing a crop.
The field gate is almost shut; there is just time to draw breath and review this season and plan for the next before the combines roll. So while I’m leaning on the gate (chewing on the obligatory straw), how would I sum up the season? Well for me it’s been a challenge, but hopefully one […]
What a season it has been. Heavy disease pressure and well documented shortages of some fungicide active ingredients have contrived to keep us all on our toes! The relative strengths and weaknesses of products have been tested to the limit. Those products that have been claimed by distributors to be “just the same as” the […]
We’re coming to the end of the season and once again we look back on it and wonder at how strange it has been. It’s been a difficult year for spray operators, but from a disease point of view, where the sprays have gone on in good time the results are there for all to […]
Despite two or three weeks dry weather septoria has continued to express itself in crops, particularly those where timings have been missed. It has become quite evident as the season has progressed that keeping spray intervals tight has been much more important than catching the desired growth stage spot on. This was particularly so with […]
Welcome sunshine will hopefully allow crops to fulfil their full potential this year, unlike 2012 when it all went wrong in June because of constant rain. Winter barley is starting to turn and indicates an early harvest. Winter wheat canopies have maintained their green colour until now, with the help of some very robust fungicide programmes. Some wheats […]