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Growers catch up with planting but cold spring leaves its mark

As days have lengthened and the weather returned to a more ‘normal’ pattern over the last few weeks, many growers have been putting in extra hours in an effort to catch up on sowing and planting delays of up to eight weeks caused by March cold and snow and extended periods of heavy rain through...

Jun 30, 2018
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Benefits of SPot Farms highlighted in North East

AHDB’s Strategic Farm Network includes livestock, arable and potato farms and includes more than 50 Monitor and Strategic farms around the country. These farms, which are independent commercial enterprises, are a key part of AHDB’s knowledge transfer and trials strategy. Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference in January, AHDB CEO Jane King said; “Last year,...

May 30, 2018
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BASIS training – not just for advisers

BASIS was established back in 1978 by the crop protection industry as a platform to develop standards for the safe storage and transport of pesticides, and to provide a recognised assessment for staff working in the crop protection sector. Since then its remit has grown, and while to most farmers and growers it is still...

May 25, 2018
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Stopping soil spread is key to preventing lettuce Fusarium wilt

Transfer by infested soil has been confirmed as the main route that the disease lettuce Fusarium wilt is spread, according to a recently published technical review. Infested soil can be spread on farm equipment, trays, pallets, plants and footwear. Since limited effective control options are available, the review concludes that good hygiene across the supply...

Apr 05, 2018
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Potato growers gain new blight chemistry

Brand new chemistry to tackle foliar and stem blight in UK and Irish potato crops has been approved and will be available for the 2018 season. In addition to performing impressively in domestic trials, Zorvec Enicade from DowDuPont has also delivered robust blight control across three continents where it is already available to growers. Craig...

Mar 05, 2018
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Scottish broccoli unharvested due to lack of workers

A vegetable grower in Scotland estimates that he lost between £30,000 and £50,000 last year because he could not find workers to pick his crops. James Orr grows broccoli, cauliflowers, potatoes, carrots and parsnips near St Andrews, in Fife. During the peak months between August and November he needs at least 30 temporary workers. He...

Mar 05, 2018
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Sustainable fertiliser use to benefit both crops and environment

How can growers use modern analysis and application technology to improve fertiliser use, both to make it more sustainable and improve yields and profitability? That was the key question posed at a recent Sustainability Conference on the Future of Fertilisation held at Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), which also presented details of Innovate UK’s Tru-Nject project....

Feb 05, 2018
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Nematicide could provide protection against Pythium

2017 has been a particularly bad year for cavity spot and damping off disease (both caused by Pythium species) in carrot and parsnip crops. Now trials have shown that biorational nematicide Nemguard DE, can provide useful additional suppression of Pythium spp. when used for the suppression of nematodes due to the action of the allyl-polysulfides...

Jan 31, 2018
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Glyphosate decision welcome news – NFU

The decision to re-authorise the use of glyphosate for five years is welcome news and testament to the hard work of British farmers in lobbying MEPs over its safety and benefits, according to the NFU. Guy Smith, NFU Vice President, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the farmers across the country who have...

Jan 31, 2018
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Promising results for GM potato trial

Scientists at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in Norwich have announced that the first year of field trials with GM potatoes designed to resist late blight, have worked “brilliantly”. The trials worked with three blight-resistant genes from a wild potato which were incorporated into the popular Maris Piper variety. After the first year of the trial,...

Dec 31, 2017
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