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    Revealing hidden septoria

    The difficulty with septoria has always been its latent phase but new technology is being trialled that may take the guesswork out of fungicide programmes. CPM reports.   By Lucy de la Pasture   Most growers have had the experience of looking at clean crops of winter wheat, only to find leaves riddled with septoria […]

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Theory to Field – Putting some science into soils

In recent years there’s been a sea-change in attitude towards soil health, with many growers ditching the plough in favour of non-inversion cultivation techniques. CPM investigates the science. There’s a trade-off between inversion and non-inversion tillage. By Lucy de la Pasture The past decade has witnessed an ‘awakening’ when it comes to soils and soil […]

Machinery

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Tractor launch – Moving to the top of the Claas

Performance tweaks on its Arion and Axion range has resulted in new tractors from Claas with impressive pulling power, among other changes. CPM heads to Germany to see what the manufacturer has in store for 2018. The 445hp Arion 960 produces a pretty impressive 1860Nm torque from 1400rpm. By Jane Brooks It was Claas’ range […]

Innovation Insight – All is revealed

Making use of data available to farm businesses is not just down to bringing it into a platform, but providing an interface that allows profitability pointers to stand out. In the second of our series on data management pioneers, CPM explores Hutchinsons’ Omnia. We realised we needed to create a system to provide clients with […]

Blight control – To spray or not to spray?

For many it’s been a reatively low-pressure few months for blight. CPM looks at a new decision-support system that can provide guidance on spray intervals. We generally err on the side of caution when blight pressure is low. By Rob Jones Agrovista’s blight-monitoring service is finding favour with a North Yorks grower, who’s trialling the […]

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 […]

Wilt woes for OSR growers

Field trials indicate that it’s been a bad year for verticillium wilt and yields of some varieties may have been hit by as much as 1t/ha. Initial results from oilseed rape trials indicate some varieties may have been hit with verticillium wilt this year. Symptoms of the disease are not usually obvious until July and […]

Growers advised to crimp unevenly ripened cereals

Some spring cereals in parts of the UK are ripening so unevenly this year that many growers are expected to face problems with their harvest or storage. Farmers in this situation are faced with the option of waiting for the entire crop to reach the dry grain stage by which time harvest may be late, […]

Root Matters

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