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Wheat and oilseeds area for harvest 2015 down in favour of barley and pulses

Wheat and oilseeds area for harvest 2015 down in favour of barley and pulses

AHDB/HGCA’s Early Bird Survey of GB farmers’ planting intentions for 2015 suggests a reduction in the area of wheat, oats and oilseeds for harvest 2015, compared with 2014. Key findings of the Early Bird Survey: • Wheat down 5% to 1.8Mha • Oats down 13% to 118,000ha • Winter barley up 12% to 476,000ha • […]

Light leaf spot disease risk high, says forecast

Light leaf spot disease risk high, says forecast

The HGCA-supported light leaf spot (LLS) service forecasts a very high disease infection risk in all regions of the UK for the 2014–15 season. The current high-risk level is due to a combination of disease build-up over recent years and favourable weather for pathogen growth over the summer. Where LLS is found in crops over […]

Report launch highlights potential of no-till systems

Report launch highlights potential of no-till systems

A report launched at Harper Adams University on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Farmers has highlighted the need for effective pest control and selective crop rotations when striving for a successful no-till farming system. Visiting Professor in Agricultural Engineering, Professor Dick Godwin, launched his 30-page report entitled the ‘Potential of no-till systems for arable farming’ […]

Time it right for spot control

Time it right for spot control

Getting the timing right for effective light leaf spot control is crucial, according to the latest fungicide performance information from HGCA. Results show that controlling light leaf spot can be problematic so early detection and spraying before the disease becomes established are essential. “At high risk sites, growers should look to apply a protectant spray […]

Bayer CropScience acquires European distribution rights for biofungicide Contans™ from Belchim Crop Protection

Bayer CropScience acquires European distribution rights for biofungicide Contans™ from Belchim Crop Protection

Bayer CropScience announced today that it has acquired the sole European distribution rights for the biological fungicide Contans™ WG from Belchim Crop Protection NV effective October 1, 2014. This acquisition further strengthens Bayer CropScience’s crop protection portfolio and is another step in building up a comprehensive range of biologicals as part of integrated crop solutions. […]

Tasmanian pasture experiment of global significance for future plant production

Tasmanian pasture experiment of global significance for future plant production

The results of a 12-year experiment by University of Tasmania School of Biological Science researcher Associate Professor Mark Hovenden could lead to major changes in the way farmers irrigate and fertilise the land – especially if they want to increase production by up to 90 per cent. On plots of pasture at Pontville in south-eastern […]

Certis extends arable portfolio

Certis extends arable portfolio

Certis has signed an agreement with Chemtura AgroSolutions, appointing Certis UK to exclusively handle the marketing and distribution of their full seed treatment range. The agreement has been concluded in advance of the spring seed treatment timing, with the products covered under the agreement comprising of Anchor®, Rancona® 15ME, Rancona® I-Mix, Signal® 300ES and Thiraflo®. […]

AIC welcomes review of seed regulations, but fights to retain UK needs

AIC welcomes review of seed regulations, but fights to retain UK needs

Speaking at the AIC Annual Seed Trade Dinner, Paul Taylor who chairs the Seed Sector said a full review was long overdue and the Confederation had collaborated willingly in the EU Better Regulation consultation for seeds. The UK input reflected a strong consensus between the commercial seed industry and plant breeders, and farming unions, as […]

BCPC Weed Review looks at the weed challenges over the past 50 years

BCPC Weed Review looks at the weed challenges over the past 50 years

“Significant arable weed control challenges have faced farmers, scientists and the industry over the past half-century,” explained Mr Harris. “This review has given us the opportunity to reflect on the hurdles encountered and consider the progress made. It also provided a platform for post-graduates to profile their current weed research in the poster session.” Kicking […]

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