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    Keeping quality in store

    Blood, sweat and tears go into growing a quality crop but premiums can still go for a burton if storage goes awry. CPM gets advice on staying on top of pests. By Rob Jones The cost of grain rejection due to pest damage in store can reach £50/t – including loss of premium, according to […]

Technical

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Weed control – The mafia of grassweeds

With all the attention on blackgrass, another troublesome grassweed has been quietly stealing its ‘bad boy’ reputation. CPM looks at how efforts to bring blackgrass back in line are being adapted to control the increasing problem of Italian ryegrass. Increasing amounts of ryegrass have been coming in from the field edges every year. By Lucy […]

Machinery

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On Farm Opinion – Cross-border farming

  With 2000ha of combinable crops to cover in Scotland’s short growing season Berwicks based Mountfair Farming’s move to a controlled traffic system of farming was the catalyst that led to the purchase of a pair of New Holland CR10.90 combines in 2016. CPM reports. The combines were really part of the evolution of the […]

Hybrid wheat – A new dimension of genetic scrutiny

  One of Britain’s leading wheat breeders is pioneering the parent lines of Bayer’s UK hybrid wheat programme. CPM visits the plots for an insight into what’s in store. Hybrids are consistent performers, both in terms of yield and grain quality, but finding the right genetics is a massive task. By Tom Allen-Stevens Bill Angus […]

Last Word – The bell tolls for metaldehyde?

In the last few weeks new enhanced stewardship measures have been announced, that if successful may be the route for metaldehyde to gain the stamp of CRD approval on its overdue renewal. But is it a good news story? I’m not so sure. The reasons I’m a bit reticent about the introduction of a minimum […]

3-D view on fertiliser accuracy

New technology can deliver marked improvements in how fertiliser is delivered in shortwork and on headlands. CPM gives an overview of Amazone’s Argus Twin. By Tom Allen-Stevens As harvest approaches, growers have been advised to assess their crops and in particular look critically at how accurately fertiliser has been spread. “This is the time of […]

It’s Not Too Late to Boost Protein Levels in Your Milling Wheat

Recent weather is, once again, giving some farmers cause for concern.  The good weather that the UK has been experiencing of late is giving farmers, especially those in the South and East of the country, only 10% of the rainfall they expected in March and April.  If normal levels of rain do fall during late […]

Growing Together

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