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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 […]

senseFly & Air Navigation Pro join forces to reduce the risk of mid-air collision

senseFly & Air Navigation Pro join forces to reduce  the risk of mid-air collision

Professional drone maker, senseFly, has teamed up with the popular aviation navigation app, Air Navigation Pro, to launch Safer Together. This joint initiative has been designed to address one of the biggest issues facing the General Aviation (GA) and unmanned aircraft communities: the risk of mid-air collision. Safer Together (www.safertogether.aero) will make the skies a […]

UBC research aims to help Canadian flax farmers

UBC research aims to help Canadian flax farmers

A UBC professor’s flax research could one day help Canadian farmers grow a car fender. In a recent study, UBC researcher Michael Deyholos identified the genes responsible for the bane of many Canadian flax farmers’ existence; the fibres in the plant’s stem. “These findings have allowed us to zero in the genetic profile of the […]

Plant molecule crucial to improving stress tolerance in cereal crops

Plant molecule crucial to improving stress tolerance in cereal crops

Tiny molecules found in plants are being targeted to breed cereals with the potential to deliver high crop yields under stressful growing conditions such as drought and heat. Researchers from the University of Adelaide found small gene-regulating RNA molecules already present in plants could be used to understand why certain strains of cereals fared better […]

Scientist’s maths formula offers improved yield for flour milling and massive global impact

Scientist’s maths formula offers improved yield for flour milling and massive global impact

Research by a University of Huddersfield scientist could aid the development of new strains of wheat that yield higher quantities of extra-nutritious flour. Professor Grant Campbell is a leading expert in cereal process engineering and is based in the University’s School of Applied Sciences. The milling of wheat and the complexities of its kernel are […]

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