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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 […]

Resistant diamondback moths now capable of surviving winter

Resistant diamondback moths now capable of surviving winter

A ‘super pest’ moth resistant to a class of common plant protection is now also capable of surviving through the UK’s cold winter conditions, according to new research. Diamondback moth (DBM) caterpillars feed on crops including cabbage, broccoli, swedes and Brussels sprouts, causing cosmetic damage, which could result in the loss of up to 100 […]

Rapid increase in pesticide use and new evidence of health impacts of very low doses

Rapid increase in pesticide use and new evidence of health impacts of very low doses

New evidence suggests pesticide use has seen a massive increase in the UK over the last 40 years, with a potential impact on human health, delegates at a Royal Society of Medicine conference have heard. This is in sharp contrast to the claim by the pesticide industry that use has halved. Using data extracted for […]

Crops evolving ten millennia before experts thought

Crops evolving ten millennia before experts thought

Professor Robin Allaby, in Warwick’s School of Life Sciences, has discovered that human crop gathering was so extensive as long ago as the last Ice Age, that it started to have an effect on the evolution of rice, wheat and barley – triggering the process which turned these plants from wild to domesticated. In Tell […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ambitious research identifies shrunken GHG footprint of UK arable products

Ambitious research identifies shrunken GHG footprint of UK arable products

The results of a major UK research project on ‘Minimising Nitrous Oxide (MIN-NO) have been announced today showing emissions due to nitrogen fertiliser use on UK arable land, to be less than half the level previously estimated. Roger Sylvester-Bradley, MIN-NO Project Lead and Head of Crop Performance, ADAS UK, said: “This research is the most […]

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