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Universal Service Obligation will deliver high speed broadband across the UK The Government has confirmed that universal high speed broadband will be delivered by a regulatory Universal Service Obligation (USO), giving everyone in the UK access to speeds of at least 10 Mbps by 2020. This is the speed that Ofcom, the independent regulator, says is needed to meet the requirements of an average family. After careful consideration the government has decided that regulation is the best way...
DAERA delivers new record for CAP payments The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) today announced that a record 97% of farmers in Northern Ireland have received a full or balance CAP payment in December 2017. The payments, totalling £95million, were issued to 23,395 farm businesses. Since the completion of advance payments in October 2017, the Department has maintained its drive to maximise payment performance. A total of £277million in CAP payments has been...
Brexit a huge opportunity for New Zealand companies British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Jonathan Sinclair at Fieldays. New Zealand agri-businesses are in a position to step up trade and investment in the United Kingdom after its decision to exit the European Union. The Brexit vote had made it clear how important free trade was going to be for the UK over the next 10-20 years and was why the UK Department of International Trade was back at Fieldays for the first time in 17 years...
A Marlborough man who died after his tractor rolled 15 metres down a bank had just rescued a friend from a river west of Blenheim. Lawrence Thompson was at his Renwick home on Sunday when a friend called to say his four-wheel-drive was stuck in the Wairau River, Onamalutu. Thompson picked up a tractor from work and went to help, but rolled the vehicle on his way back. His father, Peter Thompson, said he thought his son might have crashed the tractor because of sun strike...
Test manures and soil to maximise nutrient use efficiency The amount of livestock manure applied in the UK each year would fill all the lanes of the M1, plus the central reservation and hard shoulder from Leeds to London, to a depth of 10 metres. However, producers and growers need to be sure of the nutrient content to help them reduce bagged fertiliser, according to a leading industry expert. Speaking at an AHDB Monitor Farm group, John Williams, ADAS principal soil scientist, said...
Written by Tom Allen-Stevens Download PDF Spring barley has seen a renaissance in recent years but it’s a crop that needs careful management for best returns. CPM delves into Frontier Agriculture’s pool of crop production and marketing expertise for some helpful pointers. Everything needs to be better for a spring sown crop. By Lucy de la Pasture 2017 presented a challenging season for many spring barley growers and with a relatively open autumn there may be less area planted in...
Written by Tom Allen-Stevens Download PDF In the fourth of the 5 for 5 to beat blackgrass series, CPM finds out how delaying drilling is a crucial weapon against the pernicious grassweed. Delayed drilling is the engine behind all the other control strategies. By Lucy de la Pasture The most important strategy to help growers get back on top of blackgrass is to delay drilling, believes Dr Stephen Moss. “Delayed drilling is the engine behind all the other control strategies and the...
Written by cpm Download PDF A survey carried out by CPM and CF Fertilisers has shown how growers have used and managed nitrogen fertiliser this season. It’s also highlighted some of the most influential factors that can boost yield and quality while keeping a lid on costs. It’s tempting to look at lower cost options, but the sacrifice in yield and quality often makes choosing these the wrong decision. By Charlotte Cunningham It’s no secret that commodity prices have slipped over the...
Written by cpm Download PDF AHDB has slimmed down its Recommended Lists, with winter oilseed rape seeing the biggest changes. CPM scrutinises what’s on and what’s not. Lower bread milling premiums have created a competitive opportunity for Group 3s in the market. By Tom Allen-Stevens Barley growers are set to benefit most from the new AHDB Recommended Lists that were launched earlier this month. But the oilseed rape RL has seen its biggest shake-up in over a decade, with varieties...
Written by cpm Download PDF A prolonged green leaf area became the prized property for wheat crops in a year that witnessed a see-saw of disease and rainfall as well as a new SDHI fungicide. CPM draws together research on its performance. The cost of underinvestment is greater than the cost of overinvestment. By Tom Allen-Stevens If there’s one field-based quandary every grower shares, it’s whether the wheat fungicide programme delivered value for money – could the heap in the barn...
Written by Tom Allen-Stevens Download PDF Research is underway that will refine a tool to help growers manage PCN more effectively. CPM finds out more about it. If we can identify varieties with reliable tolerance, this would be very useful information. By Lucy de la Pasture Potato cyst nematodes (PCN) are on the radar of every potato grower but managing the pest is no simple task, with control outcomes uncertain. According to AHDB estimates, the pest currently causes annual losses of...
Written by cpm A host of innovations on the Rexor 630 harvester add up to ensure a more efficient harvest, better beet and a contented operator. CPM takes a detailed look. By Tom Allen-Stevens The Grimme Rexor 630 (six-row, 30t-capacity bunker) has been given a number of tweaks and additional features. So CPM met up with Adam Johnson from Grimme marketing to get some insight into the machine’s capabilities, in this Machinery Masterclass. “Grimme has a market-leading position in potato...
Written by cpm Download PDF Last month AHDB Potatoes held an open afternoon at its Strategic potato farm (SPot) in Shrops. CPM finds out how researchers are working to help a commercial potato farm with a huge PCN problem. At the J3 juvenile stage, the nematode becomes either a male or female. By Lucy de la Pasture SPot farm West is unlike any of the other strategic farms. It has one focus and that’s on potato cyst nematode (PCN) and the chosen site at Heal Farm Estate, near...
Written by cpm Download PDF 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 system for the first time this season. Ben Sykes grows 230ha of processing potatoes, about a third on the home...
Written by cpm Download PDF It’s recently been confirmed that new blight strain 37_A2 is fluazinam-resistant. CPM looks at the implications on tuber blight control strategies. 37_A2 has shown no insensitivity to other actives. By Lucy de la Pasture Last year, a new blight strain was detected in the UK – 37_A2 (Dark Green). It was found in five outbreaks (both tuber and foliar blight) in Leics, Staffs and Yorks. At the time of reporting the results for genotyping in the 2016 season...
Written by Tom Allen-Stevens A new blackgrass herbicide from Bayer will be available to growers this coming spring. Meanwhile, off-patent crop protection company Life Scientific has launched the first commercially available, off-patent mesosulfuron and iodosulfuron herbicides Niantic and Cintac to the UK arable market. Monolith (mesosulfuron+ propoxycarbazone) boasts superior and more consistent levels of blackgrass control in winter wheat crops, believes Bayer’s Ben Coombs. Monolith...
Written by cpm An exciting and unique new tool within Omnia Precision Agronomy claims to offer growers the ability to use aerial images taken of crops with high weed densities to refine a seed rate or herbicide plan. The map layer tool turns a simple drone photograph into a map or layer that can be used within Omnia. The methodology is pretty straightforward and easy to use, explains Oliver Wood, Hutchinsons, precision technology manager. “We have made it so that the user can see the...
Written by cpm Defra have announced that a new set of “farming rules for water” will be introduced in April 2018, to minimise water pollution from agricultural activities. The announcement states that the rules are aimed at promoting good practice and will benefit farmers. They will be enforced by the Environment Agency through a combination of advice and inspection. The 8 rules consist of 5 relating to application of fertiliser and manures and 3 about management of soil. The majority...
Written by cpm Bumblebees regularly tackle the Travelling Salesman Problem to improve their foraging routes, a skill that promises to yield solutions in the fields of robotics and logistics Few people draw a parallel between bumblebees and travelling salesmen but that’s what comes after months of tracking the flight paths of the pollinators as they forage for food in and around an array of artificial flowers in the fields within Rothamsted Research. Bees, like those archetypal salesmen...
Written by cpm The ability to operate a ZA-V, or ZA-TS, fertiliser spreader mounted up front is a very interesting option, particularly for those users who are looking to spread two different types of fertiliser in one pass. As oppose to spreading blended fertilisers through just one fertiliser spreader, this option offers the opportunity to set up each spreader optimally to the properties of the relevant fertiliser and thus to achieve the perfect lateral distribution for both...

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