Yield losses in oilseed rape as a result of light leaf spot infection are estimated to be in excess of £140 million in 2014 following the severe epidemic in crops this summer.
More than 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) of the GB potato crop were cleared to October 25, according to the Potato Council grower panel lifting survey.
New research has calculated each hectare of land at a restored wetland site in Cambridgeshire is worth almost £130 per hectare (£53/acre) more per year as wetland than as arable farmland.
IN comparison to previous wet autumns, reasonably dry soil conditions this autumn have allowed growers to progress well with delayed drilling, stay on top of spray programmes and generally keep crops healthy, say advisers.
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A flexible regime combining direct sown spring crops and low cost mulch seeding in autumn is helping to control grass-weeds and boost margins on a Cambridgeshire farm. Jane Carley reports.
BIOLOGICAL control of beet cyst nematode was a new concept presented at the meeting. Dr Uwe Pluschkell of Bayer CropScience and Dr Cliff Watrin of Syngenta gave an insight into their companies’ developments in biologicals.
WHILE beet cyst nematode is a problem faced by sugar beet growers across Europe, approaches to setting thresholds for the deployment of tolerant or resistant varieties varies considerably.
THE NFU has called on policymakers to urgently review the evidence showing the ‘damaging effects’ of the EU suspension of neonicotinoid seed treatments.
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CropTec 2014 will feature in the next AgriChatUK session on Thursday 30 October with a special focus on the costs of arable production.
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Iain Green farms in partnership with his parents Jimmy and Nan Green at Garmouth, Morayshire. He is currently president of the council of the British Simmental Cattle Society and is a past president of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society.
Darryl Shailes is root crop technical manager for Hutchinsons, with a nationwide remit. He has been working in potato agronomy for more than 20 years.