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Innovation Insight – The remarkable power of the ‘wow’ effect

Atlantis is the UK’s most widely used in-crop herbicide of recent years, but good stewardship has always determined its performance. CPM tells the story of one of weed science’s most significant discoveries. Right from the word ‘go’, we knew we had a winner – this was the rat’s pyjamas. By Tom Allen-Stevens Can you remember […]

Machinery

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Fertiliser spreaders – When size matters

Precision application of large amounts of fertiliser has become a priority for many farmers and contractors. CPM takes a look at a few of the options. There’s increasing demand for big capacity trailed models that offer the same level of accuracy and control as their mounted counterparts. By Jane Brooks In recent years, fertiliser spreader development has been led by the […]

Potato Agronomy – Criteria for blight evolves

  The Smith Period has been the lynch pin behind late blight programmes for the past 60 years but recently its reliability has been under question. The new benchmark for predicting blight outbreaks has been a long time coming but was at last unveiled at AHDB’s Agronomist Conference in December. The Smith Period was not […]

Machinery murmurs – Opinion’s more than pub talk

In our little corner of South Warwicks, it’s in the local pub that most of our farming friends congregate and as ever talk turns to, well, farming. No surprises there, and no surprises either that one topic that repeatedly crops up is machinery, particularly new stuff – who’s got what, how it’s going, what niggles […]

Spring barley – Boom time for barley

Spring barley is gaining in popularity, and blackgrass is the main reason, according to a CPM/RAGT survey. But failing to meet contract spec could be putting a dent in returns. It is important for growers to pay attention to achieving the contract spec. By Tom Allen-Stevens The UK could be heading towards its biggest ever […]

Good timing brings a winning response

Three lucky CPM readers have each won a stunning Barbour jacket for taking part in a recent CPM/Bayer survey on early season disease control.   Stephen Wood of Easington Hall Farm, Cleveland, Matthew Copley of East Newton Hall Farm, N Yorks, and Mark Ireland of Heath Farm in Lincs responded to the survey and completed […]