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Improved wheat quality boosts export prospects

1 September 2014

THE 2014 harvest has seen a general improvement in wheat quality, leading to a positive outlook for this season’s export campaign, according to early survey results.

Potato grower partner for Fife monitor farm

30 August 2014

JUST under a year ago, HGCA launched a project in Scotland in conjunction with Potato Council, linking potato growers into two new arable monitor farms. Potato grower John Weir is partnering neighbouring mixed farmers Danny and Alison Milne, the host farmers for the Fife arable monitor farm project.

Harvest draws to a close for Eastern growers, but rain causes havoc elsewhere

29 August 2014

HEAVY rain over the last week has caused issues for growers trying to complete harvest across the UK, but better weather in the east has allowed some to finish.

Hereford monitor farm group sets sights on improving consistency

28 August 2014

The AHDB monitor farm network continues to expand. Georgina Haigh paid a visit to two of the most recent additions to the network, in Herefordshire and Fife, to find out more.

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Features and analysis

Large margins of six metres (19ft) are a feature of the farm, with tall hedges and numerous trees.

Commercial farming and conservation work together for one Shropshire farmer

28 August 2014

Song birds and wildlife have been a lifelong passion of Paul Griffiths, who has modified his farming to cater for it while running a solid commercial pig and arable enterprise. Neil Ryder met him on his Shropshire farm.

Weaving drill

Timing key to mechanical control of grass-weeds

28 August 2014

With soil types including greensand, chalk, flint and heavy clay, cultivation and drill choices at Puckshipton Farms have to be considered very carefully. Geoff Ashcroft reports.

Good soil structure underpins good establishment, according to independent consultant Philip Wright.

Good soil structure key to establishment – and herbicide efficacy

21 August 2014

ACHIEVING good oilseed rape establishment can be a challenging business at the best of times. This autumn brings the added complications of controlling cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) post-neonicotinoid seed treatments and the need for careful stewardship of key herbicides.


OSR seedlings

Challenges ahead for oilseed rape

31 July 2014

Crop protection product withdrawals mean oilseed rape faces potentially its toughest ever season. Martin Rickatson joined a round-table discussion organised by seed and agchem firm Bayer CropScience to seek answers to the questions this raises.

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Andrew Robinson – Talking Arable - July/August 2014

This year’s Cereals, for us, was a complete success, using the western entrance and arriving at the car park at 7am, we proceeded to the entrance within 10 minutes and had absolutely no problems leaving, unlike the 90 minutes crawl out the car park we spent at last year’s event.

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