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    Galling prospect of club root

    Club root is a devastating soil-borne disease of oilseed rape that may be on the rise in UK crops. CPM reports. We’ve never had noticeable club root before on the farm but it must have already been there. By Lucy de la Pasture Plasmodiophora brassicae or club root – it’s a disease southern arable growers […]



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Beat Your Best Yield – Verdict reserved as combines poised to cut

    Will Reflection deliver on its promised potential this harvest? CPM canvases views from some of the growers aiming to beat their best yield with the variety and seeks expert insight. We’ve done everything we can for the Reflection. The only thing it’s short of is sunshine. By Tom Allen-Stevens As combines progress through […]


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On-farm Innovator – Focused on fertility

Kent grower Tom Sewell’s decision to sell all the farm’s cultivation kit and invest in a one-pass, no-till system followed years of building the soil’s natural fertility. CPM visits to find out how. To be sustainable is just standing still. By Tom Allen-Stevens One thing that strikes you about Tom Sewell is his relaxed, self-assured […]

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SPot-light on potatoes

A series of open days on potato farms has given growers an insight into AHDB-funded research and the latest on best practice. CPM attends one in Staffs. This small difference in moisture content made a huge difference to the workability of the soil. By Lucy de la Pasture Sunscreen, baseball hats and bottles of water […]

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Lastword – Stewardship envy

Hay has at last been made and combines are rolling. It’s been an odd season from start to finish and it’s not looking like a bumper harvest, with specific weights reported to be down so far. But with thoughts turning to a new season and drilling oilseed rape, those who’ve stuck through thick and thin […]

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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 […]


Highest performing SY Harnas in field trials

Syngenta oilseed rape variety, SY Harnas, delivered 23% higher than average yield, compared to all hybrids in a Scottish on-farm field scale trial, harvested last week (18 August). The exceptional yield of 5.7 t/ha gave a gross output of over £1830/ha. The commercial crop trials of field scale performance in Scotland demonstrated SY Harnas continued […]