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Advice and tips

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What the new spring weed killing herbicides offer

The arrival of several new herbicides for use in the spring gives wheat growers greater flexibility with the control of surviving grass weeds this year and allows a more targeted…

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How to prevent glyphosate resistance in blackgrass

There is still time for farmers to help prevent the development of glyphosate-resistant blackgrass, which one expert believes is just a few years away. Many of the ingredients are in…

PULSES

Why spring crops are a better bet than autumn-drilled ones

Spring crops are less risky than autumn-drilled alternatives and could help growers cope better with the uncertainties of leaving the European Union, with naked oats and oilseed rape seen as…

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Video: Advice on autumn establishment and weed control

There are four core factors that determine the success of an autumn established wheat crop – soil and seed-bed quality, weed control, timing and herbicide application. Laying the foundations of…

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Archive

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Stewardship scheme could help in blackgrass battle

Mike Neaverson recently joined his family’s 250ha farming business in south Lincolnshire having spent the past five years working in farm management. Here, he describes how the farm, which currently…

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Farmer Focus: New set-up drills 500ha of wheat in 60 hours

All the winter wheat is drilled, rolled and sprayed, with some of the best seed-beds we have ever achieved, other than a couple of wet holes. I’m amazed considering the…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Stale seed-beds work a treat on blackgrass

Harvest took 61 days to complete and I was beginning to think it would never end - I’ve literally just parked the combine up to write this. Thanks to Dean…

HARVEST

Farmer Focus: Drone deployed to map blackgrass burden

Harvest has kicked off to a damp start across the country. Winter barley here was hampered slightly by the weather, but luckily it was able to be combined dry. With…

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Case studies

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Blackgrass battle looks winnable for Suffolk grower

Suffolk grower Andrew Colchester has taken a big step towards banishing blackgrass on his farm by radically changing his cultivation strategy and beefing up his herbicide programme. He had seen…

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How moving less soil helped farmer thwart blackgrass

A Cambridgeshire grower is starting to overcome a costly blackgrass problem after moving from a ploughing approach to a min-till cultivation strategy. Since adopting shallow tillage and widening the farm’s…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Inventor builds herbicide-resistant seed crusher

With the address not recognised by the hired Holden SR8’s sat nav system or Google Maps, a stop at the Darkan roadhouse for directions was needed to track down Western…

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How a farmer’s 10-year battle is banishing blackgrass

A decade of dedication to ridding his farm of blackgrass has paid off for Cambridgeshire grower Edd Banks, who intends to continue with his long-term plan. Having originally set his sights…

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Insights

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How to stop blackgrass adapting to a spring cropping strategy

Blackgrass has an uncanny ability to adapt to the cultural and chemical control measures thrown at it by growers. Here, a Nuffield scholar explains his concept aimed at catching the…

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Why spring wheat can be more profitable than spring barley

Spring wheat can earn growers more money than spring barley with a potential gross margin of over £800/ha and offer them a competitive crop to counter troublesome grassweeds. According to…

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How kit hygiene has a vital role in harvest weed fight

Managing the spread of blackgrass and other weed seed at harvest can be challenging for growers under huge time pressure, but it pays to keep machines clean where possible to…

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New varieties and sprays to give growers helping hand

Plant breeders and agrochemical groups were eager to show off new improved varieties and pesticides at the Cereals 2017 event in Lincolnshire – with the aim of helping growers face…

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News

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Cereals 2018: Bayer to launch new blackgrass killer in 2019

Agrochemical giant Bayer is set to launch a new pre-emergence herbicide in autumn 2019 that will give 10% better control of blackgrass in winter wheat than the group’s main grassweed…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Crop Watch: Rust pressure remains high in wheat

The improved weather in recent weeks has seen wheat fungicide timings get back on schedule with the T3 ear sprays being currently applied. However, the rust threat remains high, as…

WEED MANAGEMENT

AHDB Strategic Farm to analyse cost benefits of new research

A Warwickshire farmer aims to spend the next six years testing and demonstrating the latest research across 12 fields with a range of soil types and weed challenges, as well…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Over 80% of blackgrass samples found to resist main herbicides

Overuse of herbicides has led to such high levels of resistance in blackgrass that the only solution to the rising weed problem is to completely change management practice. That is…

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Test and reviews

WEED MANAGEMENT

New Defy 3D nozzle: Sprayer operators give their verdict

Agrochemical giant Syngenta has launched its new Defy 3D spray nozzle, which will provide growers with improved grassweed control and reduced spray drift. The new nozzle is an evolution of…

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Video

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Video: The plan that battered blackgrass in 12 months

Three Cambridgeshire growers are fighting back against a heavy yield penalty imposed by blackgrass with a new establishment system and have seen a dramatic turnaround in just 12 months. Declining…

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Video: Advice on autumn establishment and weed control

There are four core factors that determine the success of an autumn established wheat crop – soil and seed-bed quality, weed control, timing and herbicide application. Laying the foundations of…

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Video: Grower cuts fuel costs as new drill hits blackgrass

The need to slash soaring fuel costs while tackling blackgrass at the same time has led to a wholesale change in establishment system on one Leicestershire estate. Farming 1,130ha of…

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Video: Spring crops and no-till vital in blackgrass fight

Heavy land growers wanting to put a serious dent in their blackgrass burden must turn to spring cropping and consider direct drilling – that’s the top message from Project Lamport this year.…

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