• AN energy tax (Arable Oct 22) would cost the UK fertiliser industry £12-15m/year if levied at the rate proposed by the UK government. Any saving from proposed reductions in national insurance contribution would amount to less than £250,000, notes the Fertiliser Manufacturers Association.
• GRAIN 99 is to take place at the NAC, Stoneleigh, Warks on November 24 and 25. Organised by the RASE the event includes a seminar programme as well as extensive trade exhibits focusing on grain handling, storage, cleaning and drying. Alongside Grain 99 leading companies will focus on IT issues at Farm-IT. Admission to both events is free.
• SOIL sampling and analysis is the subject of a new definitive guide from the Potash Development Association designed to help farmers manage their soil nutrient reserves more effectively. The 12 page brochure is available free from PDA, Brixtarw, Laugharne, Carmarthen SA33 4QP (01994-427443).
• OILSEED rape crops under threat from phoma infection could benefit from the addition of adjuvant Arma to an autumn fungicide spray, says manufacturer Interagro. Spray coverage of the crop and penetration of the waxy leaf cuticle is boosted by using 100ml of Arma in 100 litres/ha of water.