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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.