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Beet gains from putting soil first

Early results from Norfolk trials show strip tillage combined with cover crops could help boost sugar beet margins. CPM takes a closer look.   Strip tillage offers a potentially attractive alternative to conventional plough-based sugar beet establishment systems, as the technique uses less energy and is potentially better for the environment and soil. To test […]

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 […]

One SDHI or two?

Spoilt for choice with new SDHI options? CPM finds out factors to consider when shaping strategies this season (part 1 – see here for part 2). By Lucy de la Pasture With fungicide programmes in full swing, the burning question for agronomists is should they be applying one SDHI or two in the course of […]

Big data highlights ‘limiting factors’.

When it comes to making any N adjustments to fertiliser programmes, it’s important to identify factors that could limit yield. CPM catches up on exclusive analysis of big data on the nutritional status of our soil and crops.   Changes to RB209 introduce an N-adjustment factor for expected yield, but any increase in nitrogen rate […]