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Archive Article: 2001/03/02

2 March 2001

Dont stint on the dip…pig manager Jasper Renold tops up the vehicle dip at FARMERS WEEKLYs Easton Lodge Farm, Lincs. He is keen to ensure that the few vehicles entering the farm are properly disinfected.

&#8226 Foot-and-mouth coverage includes: disease in-depth p40, disinfectant know-how p42, Easton Lodges disease prevention policy p44.

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Archive Article: 2001/03/02

2 March 2001

How much soil nitrogen is left in soils? After so much winter rain probably not a lot. But ADAS urges growers to consider how much excess winter rainfall (EWR) land has had as well as prior nutrient policy and cropping to add precision to their calculations. Fig 1 shows the long-term average EWR and fig 2 EWR this season. In a normal year large parts of eastern England would fall into the "low" rainfall category of less than 150mm of excess rain. But not this year. Using this years zoning information growers can select the correct tables in MAFFs RB209 Fertiliser recommendation book to find the relevant soil nitrogen supply index for individual fields. Updated EWR and soil mineral N levels will be given ahead of main top dressing. Results of soil N testing by Terra Nitrogen on 18 sites suggest reserves are typically 30% lower than last year.

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Archive Article: 2001/03/02

2 March 2001

Do you know an outstanding gamekeeper? Have you

nominated him yet for the farmers weekly/CLA Game Fair Gamekeeper of the Year Award? Closing date for

nominations is Mar 23.

WE are seeking a gamekeeper who makes a positive contribution to the countryside – one who considers the implications for wildlife in every facet of the job while providing excellent sport for his or her employer. Cash prizes and a presentation at The CLA Game Fair at Woburn Abbey, Beds, await the top three keepers nominated. Full details appeared in Farmlife Feb 2. For a copy tel 020-8652 4929.

To nominate a gamekeeper for this prestigious award simply write and tell us about the keeper and the shoot, how he or she has contributed to its success and over what period, how his or her work has benefited non-game species and any details that make this keeper stand out.

Shortlisted candidates will be visited on site in May by the judges. Nominations should be sent to Gamekeeper of the Year Award, farmers weekly, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS by Mar 23.

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Archive Article: 2001/03/02

2 March 2001

Puppy love… Blue Peter presenter Matt Baker named his new Border Collie pup on the show on Monday. Meg is the eighth dog to appear on the Childrens BBC programme and follows in such illustrious footsteps – sorry, pawprints – as those of Petra, Shep and Goldie.

Retired farmer Bill Skidmore and his daughter Jean Howes from Waisingham in Weardale were thrilled to be given the opportunity to provide Matt with a pup when approached by Derek Bowmer of Catterick who taught Matt how to train sheepdogs when he was a boy.

Viewers will be able to watch Megs progress, including her work on Matts familys Co Durham farm. Shes already proving to be a great friend, he says. "I cant wait to take her out and start her training."

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Archive Article: 2001/03/02

2 March 2001

CORRECTION

THIABENDAZOLE-BASED fungicide Hykeep is formulated as a dust, not a granule as stated in a potato article in FW last December. &#42

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Archive Article: 2001/03/02

2 March 2001

GROWERS need to carry out a LERAP assessment and act on it to keep pesticides that are vital to farming out of water – do it or lose them, experts advise.

"First get a copy of the LERAP booklet and poster from PSD, if you do not already have them," advises David Williams of the Pesticide Safety Directorate. "Then mark the position of dry ditches and width of waterways on a farm map. Display the map in the office and give one to the sprayer operator."

Next list all the products likely to be used in the season and ask a consultant or distributor if they are Category A or B, or check the PSD list at "LERAP" on the PSD Farmers & Growers web-site (www.pesticide.gov.uk)

Alongside ditches likely to be dry at the time of spraying, mark the map with a 1m buffer for Category A & B products. Category A products must always have a 5m buffer by water.

For standard nozzles by dry ditches enter a universal 1m buffer in annual spray records. The distance by which Category B buffer zones can be reduced next to watercourses depends on the nozzle, product dose and watercourse width.

"Should an approved 3-star LERAP low-drift nozzle allow efficient use of all Category B products near watercourses, an annual record of a 1m buffer for each area is all that is needed," says Mr Williams.

If other nozzles have to be used to get the best from a product, the buffer size will be between 1 and 5m, depending on the specific width of water course, product dose rate and star classification of the spray nozzle. Check the table in the LERAP booklet and poster. The booklet also has examples of easy to use record formats.

Information, category listings and posters are available from (www.pesticides.gov.uk) or PSD Information Section (01904-455775; e-mail p.s.d.information@ psd.maff.gsi.gov.uk). &#42

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