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Selecting wheats for Scottish conditions

20 December 2014

Plant breeding business RAGT Seeds outlined its plans for the Scottish market at a briefing in Edinburgh.

A need to treat wheat like potatoes?

19 December 2014

Balancing a more protectant approach to disease control with fungicide resistance management was one of the themes explored at the HGCA Agronomists’ Conference in Peterborough. Martin Rickatson reports.

New senior potato consultant

19 December 2014

Euan Fraser has been appointed SAC Consulting’s senior potato consultant. He will be based in the Perth office working with clients across Scotland’s potato growing areas.

Solana’s Karsten Grimm (left) and Maria Brockmann (right), with a sample of crisper Verdi.

Consumer acceptance key to a potato variety’s success

18 December 2014

In a difficult period for potato growers, how to develop new markets was a key topic of discussion at a potato variety demonstration at Sutton Bridge Crop Research, Lincolnshire. Heather Briggs reports.

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Features and analysis

Capital investments should strengthen the business, either by cutting costs or adding value, says Mike Lord.

A time to invest wisely?

22 December 2014

Acquiring new machinery might not be at the top of everyone’s agenda, but if it still makes business sense now might be a good time to invest.

Left to right: Debbie Wedge (BASIS trainer), Caroline Smith, Barrie Orme shield winner (Dow AgroSciences) and Rob Simpson (BASIS).

BASIS News- BASIS Barrie Orme Award winner praises industry support for new entrants

22 December 2014

Achieving the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection is a significant career step for many candidates. Academically, the qualification is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree, so studying is a major commitment for those in full-time employment. Many who qualify claim it is support from employers and the wider industry which has been vital to their success.

GPS draining technology

Satellite technology tackles water worries

18 December 2014

GPS control of drainage equipment is set to replace lasers, according to one drainage specialist manufacturer, giving new levels of detail, repeatability and functions. Jane Carley gets to grips with the latest technology.

Black-grass Toolkit

Black-grass toolkit is a sponsored series, supported by Agrii, Bayer, Du Pont, Tillso and Arable Farming.

Black-grass Toolkit 2014

Black-grass toolkit - A through-the-year approach to tackling black-grass


NFU calls for review of damaging effects of neonicotinoid ban

6 October 2014

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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Talking Arable

Iain Green, Talking Arable columnist

Iain Green - Talking Arable - January 2015

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.

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Talking Agronomy

Sam Patchett

Sam Patchett - Talking Agronomy - January 2015

Sam Patchett is an Agrii agronomist based in Yorkshire. He provides agronomy, crop nutrition and seed services to clients growing cereals, oilseed rape, maize and fodder beet across West and South Yorkshire and also helps run Agrii’s Brotherton R&D site near Selby?.

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Talking Policy

Mike Hambly - Talking Policy - January 2015

22 December 2014

Mike Hambly farms in a family farming partnership near Callington in south east Cornwall. He is currently the chair of the NFU Combinable Crops Board and is the first Cornishman to hold the position.