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Farmers set for a bumper maize crop this harvest, analysis shows

Crop analyses carried out by Limagrain UK indicate that most stands of maize are on track to produce a promising crop, with the majority predicted to be ready for harvest in the next week to 10 days.

Wheat variety’s wide drilling window appeals to Scottish growers

Blackstone’s exceptionally wide sowing window from mid-September to March looks to be a major benefit to Scottish growers, with Kirkcaldy-based farmer Willie Murray seeing high average yields of 12.5t/ha after sowing the crop for the first time in September last year.

Consultation announced for Combinable Crops Digital Passport

Plans for a consultation with industry over the possible introduction of a Digital Passport for Combinable Crops have been confirmed for October 2023 by the project’s Leadership Group.

Wheat variety ticks all the boxes for regen grower

With its strong and consistent performance despite high disease pressure, Group 4 winter wheat variety LG Typhoon impressed farm manager Philip Vickers, who is striving to reduce inputs on a large arable farm in the Northeast of England.

Maize breeder predicts favourable decision on UK seed treatment ban

Following a successful lobbying campaign for the government to withdraw or delay the impending ban on seed treatments, Limagrain UK is optimistic that treated maize seed will still be available to growers for the upcoming season.

First-time Mayflower grower “delighted” with crop performance

Northants farmer Emma Bletsoe was reassured in her decision to drill Mayflower last year, a Group 2 winter wheat from Elsoms Seeds, following the crop’s positive performance bucking recent trends of sliding Hagbergs and low specific weights for milling wheats.

BSPB Descriptive List welcomes twelve new forage maize varieties

Twelve new varieties have been added to the British Society of Plant Breeder’s 2024 Forage Maize Descriptive Lists (DL), published last week (1st September).

Aphid control critical for managing BYDV risk this autumn

With higher than average BYDV risk predicted this autumn, managing aphids that can infect newly emerging cereal crops will be of critical importance to arable growers, warns Neil Watson from production specialists Hutchinsons.

Three new forage maize varieties claim top spots on Descriptive List

Three high-performing forage maize varieties from Limagrain have been added to the 2023-24 Descriptive List, with two very early maturing varieties sitting atop the new list of first choice varieties for favourable sites, and the third, a later maturing option, topping the list for very favourable sites.

Handling grain – 8 hazards and dangers to consider

The farming industry carries many risks. Some are obvious, such as dealing with heavy or sharp apparatus, working at height or even angry livestock, and others less so, such as handling grain.

New hybrid barley varieties offer enhanced vigour and disease resistance

Two new hybrid winter feed barley varieties from Syngenta have become available for planting this autumn, offering enhanced defence against two of the major yield-robbing diseases alongside increased vigour and yields.

Survey predicts reduced wheat area with barley and OSR on the rise

Results from the latest Planting and Variety Survey indicate that more barley and oilseed rape (OSR) are being sown in the UK at the expense of wheat, the area of which is estimated to decrease by 3% for harvest 2023.

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