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MILKING SYSTEM TECHNICIAN ACCREDITATION COURSES ANNOUNCED

The Milking Equipment Association (MEA) has launched its new Milking System Technician Accreditation (MSTA) courses, announcing the start dates and supporting colleges that will deliver the course content. Category 2 courses for new technicians looking to improve their skills and knowledge will be delivered by Hartpury College starting October 12th.  Category 3 courses for experienced […]

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ALIGN OILSEED RAPE DRILLING TO SOIL MOISTURE, GROWERS URGED

Winter oilseed (WOSR) rape growers facing continued dry soils should not rush into drilling the crop too early, says ProCam technical development manager, Rob Adamson. According to Mr Adamson, there has been a shift to drilling WOSR earlier in recent years, primarily with the aim of getting crops established ahead of cabbage stem flea beetle […]

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MIND THE GAP: USE A PRE-EMERGENCE HERBICIDE TO ALLOW OSR TO STEAL A MARCH ON WEEDS

With rapeseed prices remaining high, those growers who are intending to drill a crop (if and when rainfall allows) should use a pre-emergence herbicide to guard against weed competition during the crop’s establishment phase. That’s the advice from Dr Bill Lankford, herbicide technical specialist at ADAMA, who cautions against the temptation to withhold herbicide applications […]

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REDUCE RISK OF CHLORATE RESIDUES

Dairy farms should eliminate chlorine-based products in final rinses to reduce the risk of chlorate residues in milk products. The latest advice from the Milking Equipment Association (MEA) states that cleaning and disinfection of milking equipment should avoid or replace the use of chlorine in the final rinses. MEA Chair, John Baines, says: “EU Legislation […]

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NEW REGIONAL AGRONOMY MANAGER AT ADAMA UK

ADAMA Agricultural Solutions UK Ltd. has appointed Kirsty McKenzie as the company’s regional agronomy manager in central England. As part of ADAMA’s expanding regional agronomy team, Kirsty will provide technical support and advice to growers, agronomists and trade partners in central England to ensure they are able to realise the maximum value and efficacy from […]

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RETAIN NITROGEN AND REDUCE EMISSIONS WITH NEW SLURRY IMPROVER

MicroZyme slurry improvers have been launched in the UK by slurry specialist Tramspread. The biological slurry additive reduces solids and ammonia emissions whilst improving nitrogen retention. Managing director, Terry Baker says: “MicroZyme products will reduce emissions and improve the value of slurry to the crop and soil. The unique bacteria in MicroZyme R (ruminant) and […]

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PROCAM WELCOMES TRAINEE AGRONOMIST TO ITS DRIFFIELD TEAM

Leading agronomy firm ProCam has appointed Josh Baker to its Driffield-based team of BCS Agriculture agronomists. Josh, who joins BCS Agriculture as a trainee agronomist, hails from a farming family and is an agri-business graduate from Harper Adams University. During his studies he held placements in both the arable and livestock sectors having spent 15 […]

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STRENGTHEN OSR AGAINST CSFB

The sustainability of OSR yields in the UK has been questioned since the restrictions on neonicotinoids. However, a series of trials has shown that strengthening the crop using silicon can help to guard against cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) by strengthening the plant. Technical Manager, Kate Williams, from silicon specialist Orion FT, explains how using […]

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MEA LAUNCHES NEW TRAINING SCHEME

The Milking Equipment Association (MEA) is changing the name of its accreditation scheme for dairy technicians and launching a new Category 4 Master Dairy Engineering Technician course. The Milking Systems Training Accreditation (MSTA) scheme replaces Parlour Safe, offering training courses and assessment for dairy technicians to improve their skills and gain an industry-recognised accreditation. MEA […]

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GENETIC TECHNOLOGY BILL MUST BE SCIENCE-BASED

The British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) has raised concerns with MPs that, as currently drafted, the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill currently before Parliament may fail to unlock the investment and advances in plant breeding innovation needed to address urgent food security, climate change and sustainable farming goals.  In a briefing paper sent to […]

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