INCREASED yields are key to growing a profitable oilseed rape crop as they help reduce production costs. This was the message from Oxfordshire farmer James Price, who is hosting on-farm trials for the ‘3x3 Driving OSR Forward’ initiative.
THE next two weeks are ‘crunch time’ in the battle to control black-grass in this year’s wheat crop.
?A BASIS qualification is set to be introduced in 2015 for farmers and agronomists who wanted to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) the Drones for Farming conference was told.
The light leaf spot (LLS) disease infection risk for the 2014/15 season is high in all regions of the UK, according to the latest forecast.
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As news of favourable crop conditions across the world has come in, growers have seen prices slide to levels not seen for four or five years. But unfortunately costs of production have not headed south at such a rate.
With variable soil types, an unpredictable local climate and testing topography, successfully drilling crops on time is one of farm manager Gary Sands’ biggest headaches. Farmers Guardian reports.
Tracklayers are the heavy horses of the tractor world, but are increasingly required to be more versatile and pull a wider range of implements. Jane Carley speaks to two specialists about correct ballasting.
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 show 2014
Following on from last year’s successful launch, arable technical event CropTec returns to the East of England Showground, Peterborough on Wednesday and Thursday of this week (November 19-20).
New grain e-bulletin
Do you know how global factors affect the UK grain price and what you as a business need to do to mitigate future price movement?
Jim Bullock farms in a family partnership at Guarlford, near Malvern, Worcestershire. He is a keen proponent of conservation tillage techniques and is a founder member of the conservation agriculture group BASE-UK.
Neil Buchanan is an Agrovista agronomist based in Shropshire. He advises clients across the West Midlands, growing cereals, oilseed rape, pulses and potatoes.