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Rhizobacteria helps cut fertiliser costs on Cambs cereal farm

Edward Davison is cutting his nitrogen fertiliser rates in half on a trial area of his wheat without any hit to yield and so boosting profit margins on his Cambridgeshire…


Sussex wheat grower sees high yield after trimming nitrogen

With cereal growers coming under increasing scrutiny to use nitrogen fertiliser wisely for environmental and economic reasons, we take a look at how they can cut rates and still maintain…


How a Dorset spring barley grower hit highest-ever yield

Jim Farquharson grew his highest-ever yield of spring barley in one of the most difficult years for spring crops, aided by a focus on crop nutrition and canopy management. His…


Market opportunities for growers in niche crop echium

Growers Peter and Andrew Fairs grow niche crop echium on their Essex farm for the pharmaceutical market, which uses its prized oil in cosmetics. The father-and-son team's business, Fairking, based…


Dairy herd helps achieve good arable soils and low inputs

Integrating dairy and arable is proving to be a successful strategy for promoting soil health, reducing reliance on chemical inputs and tackling grassweeds for the new AHDB Monitor Farm in…


Herbal leys bring fertility back to light Cotswold soils

Herbal leys are helping to return fertility to Toby Baxter’s light Cotswold limestone brashy soils, boosting his arable grain yields and allowing his livestock to thrive. The diverse temporary grass…

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Mildew in barley: How to reduce risk and control the disease

Britain has the ideal climate for powdery mildew to infect barley crops, and with 15 out of the 26 winter varieties on the AHDB Recommended List being susceptible to the…


Advice on how to tackle rhynchosporium in barley crops

Rhynchosporium commune remains the most important disease of barley in the UK, particularly in wet and high humidity areas in the West and North of the UK. However, in wet…


How the emergency authorisation for neonics in beet will work

Sugar beet growers will potentially have the neonicotinoid seed treatment Cruiser SB available for use to control aphids transmitting virus yellows, which decimated yields last season, after Defra authorised an…


How to grow a better spring malting barley crop

Spring malting barley is sometimes thought of as one of the most straightforward crops to manage, but there are practices which can greatly improve the chances of producing a good…


Why net blotch control in barley needs integrated approach

An evolving net blotch population continues to pose challenges for barley growers, who need to combine changes in the fungicide line-up and cultural control opportunities to keep crops clean. Reduced…


How to manage brown rust disease in barley

Although brown rust may not command the same attention as other barley diseases, it remains a potential seasonal threat to yield and could become more prevalent if the UK climate…


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Why weather is to blame for last season's poor OSR yields

Weather was a much bigger factor than cabbage stem flea beetle for last season’s poor oilseed rape yields, says one independent expert. Harvest 2020 will go down as the season…


Why farmers battling wild oats should identify the species

Farmers battling a wild oat problem are advised to check whether it’s the winter or spring type, before planning their strategy against the weed. While blackgrass gets all the attention,…


How arable data analytics could counteract the loss of BPS

Could insights from data analytics drive an improvement in business performance that will counteract the loss of Basic Payment Scheme income? That’s the ambitious objective the 15 farmers in Yagro’s…


Beet growers reveal the massive yield cost of virus yellows

A combination of virus yellows infections and poor growing conditions in the spring have devastated sugar beet yields for some growers, particularly in the Wissington factory region. David Hoyles, who…


How a free tool can spot OSR’s most damaging disease

Robert Hurren is using a free diagnostic test to identify oilseed rape’s most damaging disease in his clients’ crops, allowing him to time fungicide treatments precisely. The Suffolk-based crop consultant…


Four new potato products offer hope to growers

A range of new potato products will soon be available to growers, equipping them with an improved chemical armoury to control blight, weeds and soil-borne pests. More than 10 actives…


Round-up of 9 arable apps that can benefit farmers

Whether it’s selecting which varieties to drill, using data to determine input timings or ensuring machinery and equipment is safe to use, there is a constant supply of new apps…


Survey reveals that OSR still has a future in arable rotations

Oilseed rape is down but not out, according to a Farmers Weekly survey of farmers looking at rotations and the break crop’s future. Although 22% of farmers who have previously…


Why more growers are turning to independent agronomists

Almost half of the UK’s arable land is now looked after by an independent agronomist, with that area expected to increase as Brexit takes shape and new agricultural policy is…


Suffolk farm tests 5 technologies for post-Brexit future

The first in a regional network of Helix demonstration farms, Suffolk host farmer Tom Jewers is working alongside agronomy company Hutchinsons to test the value and benefits of new technologies…


Can wheat blends raise yields and cut disease control costs?

Growing different blends of wheat varieties can increase yields while reducing disease pressure, enabling farmers to cut the number of fungicide applications, suggests new Danish research. The landmark research, carried out by…


Farmer-designed mower cuts and collects weeds before harvest

A new weed mower that cuts off seed heads and carts them out of the crop could accelerate interest in mechanical intervention for weed control in organic and conventionally grown…

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