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Archive Article: 1995/04/28

28 April 1995

Liskeard hosted the annual show and official breed sale of registered Poll Dorset and Dorset Horn sheep this week. Champion sheep was a poll shearling which made 450gns. In the yearling ewe class, first prize went to a pen of poll 2T which sold for £82/head. In the non-registered section, top bid was £87/head, while among the ewes with lambs, prices peaked at £95 for young poll singles. (Kivells)

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Archive Article: 1995/04/28

28 April 1995

A packed ringside and fierce bidding at Knightons Spring Show and Sale typified the current store cattle trade. Algwyn Thomas, Llanliggo (second from right) took first prize in all classes, with his championship pen of Limousin steers, weighing 366kg, selling for £730 each. Overall, stores averaged 141p/kg, and heifers 129.7p/kg. (McCartneys)

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Archive Article: 1995/04/28

28 April 1995

NORTH

CROPS in Northumberland "wintered well", according to Ian Brown at Lee Moor Farm, Rennington. Cold weather last week, including snow cover and rain, did no harm, he reports – indeed the moisture, "about an inch", was useful.

"Previously we had been very dry with no sign of rain for three to four weeks."

Rain should help improve the effectiveness of pre-emergence herbicide on peas sown at the beginning of April, which are just through and "looking good".

This seasons oilseed rape, now coming into flower, merited an earlier, non-routine spray against light leaf spot. "We play it by ear," he comments.

Cadenza wheat, for milling, drilled on Oct 20, only recently had its herbicide – in a four-way tank mix plus wetter, including growth regulator and manganese. Wet weather last back-end prevented autumn treatment. With hindsight Mr Brown believes he could have drilled the variety, which may also be spring-sown, earlier. "On our ground it is quite slow."

All the top-dressing is complete, and winter barleys, Linnet and Sprite, "not that far ahead of normal", have also had growth regulator and a Corbel (chlorothalonil + fenpropimorph)/Punch C (carbendazim + flusilazole) mix to control mildew and rhynchosporium.

Wheat disease levels so far are "not too bad".

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Archive Article: 1995/04/28

28 April 1995

FIELD work was sufficiently well on by Easter to allow all the staff at Wroxham Home Farms, Norfolk, to take at least two days off, reports manager Robin Baines.

Sugar beet, 526ha (1300 acres) for the home farm and neighbours was all in by then, and 95% of a doubled potato area was in by the end of last week. "If anything, were ahead of last year."

However, by the end of last week rain was desperately needed for the later drilled beet, and frosts had delayed post-emergence herbicide work. The crop from 36ha (90 acres) of Advantage-treated (pre-germinated) seed sown on Mar 11 was already showing its fourth true leaves and could be at risk of bolting. "Im a bit concerned, but well just have to wait and see. It hasnt affected yield in the past."

The cold snap has also made him think harder about soil temperatures before going ahead with late-planted Pentland Dell which could be at risk of "little potato disease".

With late September-sown Gaelic winter barley showing its flag leaf a fortnight ago, but escaping frost damage, he predicts an early harvest.

Wheats looking "a little hungry" had their main N dressing last week, but remain largely disease-free. Spring barleys, however, are "roaring away".

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Archive Article: 1995/04/28

28 April 1995

Drilling at 8m. Bucks contractor Andy Smith spent last winter converting two Accord pneumatic 4m drills into a 3m central section and two, 2.5m hydraulically-folding wing units. Costing about £6000, Mr Smith reckons on an output of up to 5ha/hour (12 acres) when drilling cereals – the drills hopper is filled using 500kg big bags.

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