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CONTROL RATS IN SPRING OR RISK AN AUTUMN INFESTATION

Following a mild and wet winter, farmers are being advised to tackle rats in spring to avoid potential infestations this autumn. BASF pest control specialist Helen Ainsworth advises: “Rats will remain in farm buildings where food and water is plentiful. Throughout spring and summer, rats will breed in and around these buildings which could lead […]

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NEW DEVICE WEIGHS IN FOR WORK

A new load weighing device, from loading specialists Quicke, will help farmers accurately measure materials using a tractor mounted interface and a mobile app. Q Companion uses sensors mounted on the loader to accurately weigh the contents lifted by an implement. Each lift is displayed and can be recorded and aggregated on an easy to […]

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SCOTTISH TURFGRASS DEMO DAY GOES DOWN A STORM

More than 100 greenkeepers, groundsmen and grounds maintenance contractors from across Scotland attended an amenity demonstration day at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club on 11th March, with those who braved the day’s stormy weather able to see some of the latest golf and sports pitch specific machinery and turf renovation equipment in action. Featuring a range […]

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FIVE STEPS TO IMPROVING HYGIENE

Simple steps to improving hygiene can significantly reduce the spread of diseases on farm. Animals gathered together in sheds are highly vulnerable to diseases and whilst the nation looks to maintain a good level of human hygiene, farmers can also take steps to protect their livestock too. Sorgene® Xtra is a Defra approved, broad spectrum […]

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NEW THREE-WAY BLEND FOR ULTRA-FINE GOLF GREENS

Germinal has introduced a new seed mixture to its Grade ‘A’ portfolio of golf-specific grass blends: containing two top-performing perennial ryegrasses and a high-ranking creeping bentgrass, A8 Ultrafine Ryegreens is the perfect ‘rescue’ mixture for the eradication of early season scarring. A8 Ultrafine Ryegreens contains a blend of three of the very best cultivars: 45% […]

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HIGH BIOMASS CLOVER OFFERS NEW LAND RECOVERY OPTION

A new high biomass annual clover, included in spring-sown catch crop mixtures alongside short term ryegrasses, could offer dual benefits for farmers struggling with ground that has been waterlogged and left uncropped over winter. According to forage crop specialist Germinal, the fast-growing Fixation clover – launched by the company in the UK this season – […]

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BELAIR CHOOSES NEW UK DISTRIBUTOR

Belair has chosen JVS Machinery to be the sole distributor of bedding machines, mixer wagons, and self-loading wagons in the UK. The French manufacturer produces a range of livestock machinery including zero grazing and forage equipment. JVS Machinery is owned and run by husbaAnd and wife, James and Victoria Seaton. Mr Seaton’s experience of contracting […]

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COVER CROPS OFFER OPPORTUNITY TO REPAIR DAMAGED SOILS

Establishing a cover crop to help restructure soils may be a better option this year than trying to drill a spring cereal on some of the heavier waterlogged clay land. So says ProCam agronomist Ian Jackson, who adds that this strategy would also present an opportunity to reduce levels of black grass where that is […]

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FREE WIFI MODULE AIDS SPREADER SET-UP

KUHN is including its optional WiFi module free of charge on all new Axis fertiliser spreaders purchased up to 30 April 2020. Applying to all Axis models with Quantron A electronics or ISOBUS control, the WiFi module enables the transfer of spreading charts directly from KUHN’s Spreadset App to the spreader. This function removes the […]

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WILTING SPEED TO BE DEMONSTRATED BY VOLAC AT GRASSLAND & MUCK EVENT

How to wilt grass rapidly in order to minimise nutrient losses in the field once it has been cut for silage? That is a key question being addressed by Volac at this year’s Grassland and Muck Event (Ragley Estate, Warwickshire, 20-21 May, 2020). According to Peter Smith, Ecosyl silage specialist for Volac, wilting grass to […]

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Grass should be wilted as quickly as possible to 30% dry matter, but not much beyond that, said Peter Smith

NEW TYRES REDUCE FUEL CONSUMPTION

Continental TractorMaster tyres have been judged the most efficient in a European tyre performance review. The review was carried out by the German agricultural society Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG) and included a number of practical tractor tests to establish which agricultural tyres are the most efficient for tractor use. The TractorMaster tyre was the most fuel […]

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