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    BeeConnected – The new buzz

      Avoiding spraying pesticides when bees are being busy is something growers try their best to achieve. A new web-based system of communication between growers and beekeepers will now make this much easier. CPM finds out more about it. Farmers, in just a few clicks, are able to inform local beekeepers when they intend to […]



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Tech Talk – Early action stems fungal threat

Putting the pieces of the autumn disease control jigsaw together provides the basis for a joined-up approach to managing phoma. CPM gleans some expert advice. Phoma has the potential to be an economically devastating disease. By Lucy de la Pasture Phoma is one of those diseases that you can’t be complacent about, because when it […]


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Cultivations – Strip seeding needs active approach

Weeds and slugs can soon wipe out any savings you make from direct drilling. CPM asks strip-seeding pioneer Jeff Claydon for some tips. A little-and-often approach is required when managing stubbles. By Julian Cooksley   Effective stubble management is a basic ingredient of any successful, sustainable farming enterprise, regardless of which crop establishment method is […]

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Potato harvest – Early crops disappoint

  A slow start to the potato growing season has put a dampener on yield and lifting behind schedule. CPM gathers some reports. It’s going to be a very ordinary year. By Olivia Cooper Potato harvest is proving disappointing across much of the country, with below average yields and high levels of wastage. However, later […]

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The lure of premium potential – Group 3 wheats

Higher yielding Group 3 varieties with good agronomics may be tempting growers back into the premium biscuit and export market for soft wheat. CPM sifts through the results of a recent survey. There’s nowhere else in the world that grows these soft wheats. By Tom Allen-Stevens Group 3 wheats could be set for a revival […]


Fifty things to see and do at JD50

Visitors to this month’s John Deere 50 Celebration & Heritage Event at Langar near Nottingham will find 50 things to see and do, as John Deere Limited publicly celebrates its 50th anniversary in the UK and Ireland. John Deere customers, fans and families are invited to join the anniversary celebrations over the weekend of September […]