August 24, 2020 8:00 PM

Back to basics: seedbeds & moisture key to OSR establishment

Conserve or wait for moisture before drilling Remove weed competition to improve even establishment Despite very different approaches, and the creative use of old and new techniques, growers Julian Thirsk and David Bird agree, seedbeds are key to getting oilseed rape (OSR) up and away. Julian has a 325ha North […]

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August 21, 2020 8:00 PM

Natural way to boost crop yield to be explored by Warwick Scientists

Increases in plant yield could be naturally made thanks to research at the School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick A grant of £492,343 from the BBSRC will help researchers look at the natural process of nodulation and its relationship with the plant body clock in order to increase yield […]

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August 19, 2020 8:00 PM

Building plant resilience with biostimulants this season

Using biostimulants this autumn Frontier agronomists Enhancing plant vigour This autumn, Frontier agronomists are offering their farmer customers a bespoke service to create a sequenced programme of biostimulants which, when used throughout the growing season, will enhance plant vigour. Frontier soil and plant health specialist, Jamie Stotzka, says this is […]

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August 14, 2020 8:00 PM

Late season round-up: herbicides and winter wheat

Every cloud has a silver lining. If there’s a positive to be found in those clouds that brought chaos to drilling last autumn, it’s been their impact on weed control.   Talking with BASF’s agronomy managers around the country it’s clear, where pre-ems were applied, they performed well.  Where drilling was delayed, […]

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August 8, 2020 8:00 PM

High aphid numbers raise TuYV risk

Turnip yellows virus (TuYV) is endemic across oilseed rape crops in the UK and growers should be aware of the high risk this autumn as a result of current high aphid numbers, warns plant breeders Limagrain UK. Turnips yellows virus (TuYV) is transmitted by aphids and it is believed that […]

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