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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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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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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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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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FARMERS WARNED TO TREAD CAREFULLY ON WET GROUND

Extreme winter weather has left fields extremely wet or waterlogged. Using heavy machinery in wet conditions increases the risk of soil compaction so farmers are being advised to adjust tyre pressures or risk causing irreparable damage. Richard Hutchins, agricultural tyre specialist for Continental, warns of widespread soil damage if farmers do not set the correct […]

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RYEGRASS BLENDS OFFER COST-EFFECTIVE BARE SOILS SOLUTION

Sowing a high performance ryegrass catch crop this spring could offer a flexible low risk solution for farmers with bare ground following aborted autumn drilling. Specialist catch crop mixtures tested in Field Options’ trials programme at Harper Adams University (HAU) have the potential to produce more than 10tDM/ha in the season immediately following spring sowing. […]

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COVER CROP CORNER: USING BERSEEM CLOVER TO IMPROVE ALFALFA PRODUCTION

Increase hay quality through the synergistic relationship between berseem clover and alfalfa. By Don Baune, Co-Founder GO SEED For alfalfa producers needing to renovate fields suffering from winterkill or looking to increase the quality and yield of this season’s hay crop, improved cover crop varieties are a viable solution. Take berseem clover, for example. The […]

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RESTRICTED ROOTS SET TO PUT WHEAT ON THE BACK FOOT

Restricted growth of vital moisture and nutrient-absorbing roots could cause serious setbacks in winter wheat crops this season, unless steps are taken to remedy the problem, says ProCam regional technical manager, Nigel Scott. But while limited root growth is no surprise in late-planted fields, because crops have had less time to grow, rooting problems are […]

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SPRING CROPPING AND CEREAL DISEASE ADVICE PORTAL GOES LIVE

Following the unmitigated wash-out of Autumn 2019 and the elevated importance of spring sown crops this year, ADAMA Agricultural Solutions UK has launched its latest online crop protection portal to help growers tackle the twin challenges of cereal disease control and how to manage the increased area of spring plantings. Containing a wealth of information […]

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DRONE’S EYE VIEW WITHOUT EYE WATERING COSTS

Hundreds of excited farmers and agronomists who have been on a waiting list will soon be the first to use a new crop monitoring app. Skippy Scout, the mobile phone app developed by Drone Ag uses artificial intelligence to offer guidance on crop health, pests and weed control. Following its launch, and gold innovation award […]

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COVER CROP CORNER: SETTING AND ACHIEVING YOUR COVER CROP GOALS

Successful cover cropping requires planning and setting realistic expectations. By Brent Jones, Sales and Iowa Research Farm Manager for GO SEED Cover crops can be used to benefit multiple aspects of your operation. However, in order to see notable improvement, specific areas you want to progress must be outlined so that a plan of action […]

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