All articles about Rotations

Advice for growers on building the best crop rotation plan to keep disease, pest and weed pressure down, while maximising return on cereals, oilseed rape, beans, sugar beet and potatoes. Find out how other farmers are managing the switch to spring cropping to get on top of blackgrass.

Advice and tips

CROP SELECTION

Oat market offers opportunity for farms in the right areas

Oats are the UK’s third largest home-grown cereal crop, behind wheat and barley, and they can be a profitable addition to arable rotations. They are a useful low-input cereal break…

VARIETY SELECTION

Expert pointers on winter barley variety choices

Winter barley has fallen out of favour on many British farms in recent years due to a combination of its unattractive gross margins and farmers turning to spring cropping to…

CROP SELECTION

What to consider when choosing next year's winter crops

Farmers are being advised to consider crops that will set them up for the next few years, rather than just focussing on those giving the highest returns in the coming…

ARABLE

Why growing triticale can help you earn more

Triticale's ability to out-yield other crops as a second cereal, combined with growing markets like anaerobic digestion, means it is worth another look for the coming season, say researchers. AHDB-funded…

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Archive

CROP MANAGEMENT

Kent grower's second wheat crop measures up to first

Good variety selection, improved soils and the use of seed dressings has paid off for Kent grower Terry Metson by keeping take-all at bay and lifting his second wheat yields…

SUGAR BEET

Cereal grower turns to sugar beet as extra break crop

First-time sugar beet grower Alex Jasinski turned to the root crop to give him an extra non-cereal break on a block of newly rented land that fits into his min-till…

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Case studies

CROP MANAGEMENT

Kent grower's second wheat crop measures up to first

Good variety selection, improved soils and the use of seed dressings has paid off for Kent grower Terry Metson by keeping take-all at bay and lifting his second wheat yields…

PULSES

Kent grower to try soya as alternative legume break crop

Kent grower Mark Bowsher-Gibbs will give soya beans a go for the first time this season, capitalising on the South-East's suitably warm climate and the crop's buoyant market price of…

PULSES

Yorkshire farmer shares his high-yielding spring bean tips

Achieving a high yield for spring beans requires good plant nutrition, attention to detail and patience, according to a North Yorkshire grower who’s closing in on the holy grail yield…

OTHER CROPS

Cheshire oat grower paves the way for first 10t/ha crop

Winter oats may not be the most obvious break crop, but with sustained low prices for barley, beans and oilseed rape, growers on a contract could get £5/t more than milling…

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Insights

WHEAT

Make wheat your top-performing spring cereal option

Spring wheat was the best gross-margin performer in the second year of one agronomy group’s field-scale rotation blackgrass trials – outperforming spring barley and late autumn-sown wheat. In addition, the…

ARABLE

Two crops of the future tap into lucrative health market

A once-common weed and a cereal that was widely grown in the UK many years ago are two crops that are being developed with the aim of adding value to farmers’…

ARABLE

Advantages of spring-sown soya in battle against blackgrass

Soya could be an ideal spring break crop for growers in southern England to give good returns, control blackgrass and help meet an almost insatiable demand. The crop’s area has…

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News

ARABLE

Video: Hertfordshire grower introduces livestock to rotation

One grower's experiences of introducing livestock into the rotation of a Hertfordshire arable farm have been discussed in a new video from AHDB Cereal and Oilseeds. Royston Monitor Farm host Jo…

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Video

ARABLE

Video: Hertfordshire grower introduces livestock to rotation

One grower's experiences of introducing livestock into the rotation of a Hertfordshire arable farm have been discussed in a new video from AHDB Cereal and Oilseeds. Royston Monitor Farm host Jo…

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