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Potato stocks keep pace with 2015/16 season

Potato stocks keep pace with 2015/16 season

GB grower-held potato stock levels at the end of March were at 1Mt, around the same volume as the end-March 2016 and 300Kt less than the end-March 2015 according to an AHDB estimate. Despite the similarity in stock levels, any repeat of the high prices seen in 2016 will depend on a number of factors […]

Farming and scientific leaders discuss challenges facing UK’s crop production

Farming and scientific leaders discuss challenges facing UK’s crop production

Key stakeholders across the UK’s farming sector have joined academic scientists for a collaborative workshop to discuss the challenge of increasing crop production whilst maintaining soil health. The workshop, ‘Increasing crop productivity through understanding and improving soil health’, was co-hosted by the N8 Research Partnership’s (N8) AgriFood programme and research and consultancy company ADAS. Farmers, […]

Lack of agreement on eGrain passport rollout

Lack of agreement on eGrain passport rollout

Key industry representatives in the grain supply chain failed to reach an agreement yesterday on the national roll out of an electronic grain passport – a six-year project being facilitated by AHDB. The Cereals Liaison Group met in London yesterday (Tue) to consider whether a nationwide roll out should go ahead based on a costed […]

Deficiency of selenium predicted to increase under future climate change

Deficiency of selenium predicted to increase under future climate change

Climate change could increase the risk of the human diet being deficient in a vital mineral, selenium – a deficiency which could contribute to problems such as poor immune function, impaired thyroid function and heart muscle issues – research has found. Selenium is an essential micronutrient, or mineral, for human and livestock health that we […]

Farming for free

Farming for free

Farmers at the Leicester Monitor Farm meeting on 10 January were encouraged to make the most of free resources available. The meeting covered soil health, crop nutrition and cover crops. Harry Henderson, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager, said: “Farmers’ own knowledge and that of their neighbours, as well as sunlight, water and soil […]

Oilseed rape concerns prompt industry meeting to resolve pressures

Oilseed rape concerns prompt industry meeting to resolve pressures

The oilseed rape harvest in 2017 could fall to its lowest level in 13 years, according to new figures, and a meeting of the NFU and industry bodies will discuss how access to the right inputs is vital for the future of this important crop. Organisations from across the industry are meeting at NFU headquarters […]

Increased field bean and combining pea area in 2016

Increased field bean and combining pea area in 2016

A significant 5% increase in the 2016 field bean area, plus a substantial 18% increase in the combining pea area in the DEFRA June Survey, underlines the fact that the picture for pulses is very healthy, reports PGRO Chief Executive Roger Vickers. “As the pulse harvest progresses northwards into Scotland, we see pulse yield levels […]

Farming ‘cookbook’ reveals the ground-breaking benefits of cover cropping

Farming ‘cookbook’ reveals the ground-breaking benefits of cover cropping

A ground-breaking study has revealed that cover cropping can increase crop yields, boost soil health and bring about a range of environmental benefits. In the study of 13 Kellogg’s farmers by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), farmers who used cover crops saw yield responses up by 10 per cent and a 50 per […]

Sequence drilling to enhance black-grass control

Sequence drilling to enhance black-grass control

Later drilling is a proven technique to reduce black-grass burdens in-crop but trying to sow the entire wheat area after 15 October can put a big strain on equipment and operators especially when rain clouds loom large. Working out which fields to drill first and which to drill last is part of the key to […]

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