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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 […]

Layered approach puts growers in control

Arranging the vast array of data many growers have amassed into layers is how Omnia is claimed to bring better on-farm decision making. CPM reviews some of the tools that underpin the service. A system that allows growers and agronomists to analyse multiple layers of field data to pin down under-performing areas and inform management […]

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 […]

Pest monitoring puts OSR growers back in control

Insect-monitoring is one of a range of services on offer from Fera that gives growers robust information on in-season threats to crop yield. CPM reviews the service and goes behind the scenes to find out what it offers. By Tom Allen-Stevens The might and scientific rigour of Fera’s world-renowned monitoring and analytical services is now […]

Managed to an even finish

Oxon grower James Price has tailored his oilseed rape strategy to make the most from the thin, brashy soils they sit on. CPM pays him a visit. On this brash, there’s no depth, and we run out of moisture very easily. By Tom Allen-Stevens   While there are plenty of oilseed rape crops across the […]

Aiming for a clear advantage

The UK area of herbicide-tolerant Clearfield oilseed rape doubled to 30,000ha last year, with further increases predicted. CPM explores how to get the best from the system. Clearfield OSR is a brilliant tool in the armoury on difficult areas of the farm where weed pressure has got too high. By Paul Spackman New varieties and […]

Challenge the norm

Logic dictates that high-yielding crops require a different approach to nutrition to reach their optimum performance. In this Nutrition Special, CPM explores with CF Fertilisers recent trial work and on-farm experience that’s helping to build understanding. By Tom Allen-Stevens There’s been something of a step change in arable crops over recent years. Led by an […]