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Scottish cereal farmers call for spring barley competition

Scottish cereal farmers call for spring barley competition

Scottish cereal growers are working with ADAS on adding a new spring barley category to the national yield competition– the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN). At the inaugural meeting of the Scottish YEN Growers Group – funded and facilitated by AHDB – the members discussed how a new spring barley category, which focused on grain quality […]

Saturn Bioponics at Fruit Logistica

Growers looking to get better yield and quality with lower costs of production through hydroponic science are encouraged to pass by the Saturn Bioponics stand at Fruit Logistica. Optimising crop growing using advanced hydroponic technology with a rapid payback is the way forward, according to company CEO, Alex Fisher. “We focus on crop nutrition strategy […]

Tramline trials used to test winter wheat nitrogen accuracy

Tramline trials used to test winter wheat nitrogen accuracy

An innovative set of trials has helped farmers test the accuracy of nitrogen (N) management in their winter wheat crops. Wheat yields differed both between farms and within farms but the cause of most of the variation was deemed unlikely to be a result of N tactics. The conclusions add weight to other research findings that […]

Young farmer gains first tenancy on Glenlivet Estate

Young farmer gains first tenancy on Glenlivet Estate

Crown Estate Scotland has announced that a first-time tenant will take over the management of a farm on its Glenlivet Estate. Alex Smith, 33, was chosen from a list of applicants as the new tenant of Dell Farm, a 320 acre farm in a prime location within the Estate. The rigorous selection process saw a […]

Improved plants for greater food security in the future

Improved plants for greater food security in the future

Beyond classical genetic engineering, a number of new biotechnological processes is now available to improve plants. The goals are higher proportions of (micro) nutrients, longer shelf lives to reduce waste, resistance to drought and higher yields in crops and biotech trees. Since planting the first genetically modified plants (maize, soybean and cotton) in 1996 in […]

Rewiring plant defence genes to reduce crop waste

Rewiring plant defence genes to reduce crop waste

Plants can be genetically rewired to resist the devastating effects of disease – significantly reducing crop waste worldwide – according to new research into synthetic biology by the University of Warwick. Led by Professor Declan Bates from the Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB) and Professor Katherine Denby from the University of York, who is […]

Win dinner with Kit Harington – Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow

Win dinner with Kit Harington – Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow

Win dinner with Kit Harington who plays Jon Snow in the hit series ‘Game of Thrones’, in exchange for funding Longlands Care Farm near Bromyard in Herefordshire, which has launched an appeal for a new headquarters. Kit, whose family is local, is patron of the farm, and he’s offering the dinner at the acclaimed Green […]

Agricultural research receives multi-million pound boost

Agricultural research receives multi-million pound boost

UK universities and agricultural research centres which improve the resilience, sustainability and quality of major crops will benefit from a funding package worth around £5.3 million over five years, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced today. The funding will go to four leading agricultural research centres to help develop new technologies and environmentally friendly production for […]

Kia reveals first images of all-electric Niro

Kia reveals first images of all-electric Niro

Kia has unveiled a new all-electric version of Niro at the 5th International Electric Vehicle Expo in Jeju, Korea. Due to receive its global debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, the sporty and versatile Kia Niro EV combines driving enjoyment with eye-catching design and functional utility. Designed at Kia’s design centres in California, […]

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