NSW minister altered Barwon-Darling water-sharing plan to favour irrigators
Written by Anne Davies
Exclusive: documents show Katrina Hodgkinson changed plan to allow irrigators to extract 32% more after industry ramped up its lobbying
A water-sharing plan for the Barwon-Darling was altered by the former New South Wales minister for primary industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, even though public consultations on the draft plan had ended and her bureaucrats had already submitted a draft for her to sign.
The changes made it more favourable to irrigators and delivered valuable additional water during low flows. According to some modelling it may have increased legal extractions by irrigators by 32%.
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- Feb 7, 2018
New Aber High Sugar Grass Mixture Formulated for Multi-Cut Silage Systems
Available from Countryside Seeds.
A specialist grass silage mixture formulated to suit increasingly popular ‘multi–cut’ systems has been launched by Germinal at the Dairy–Tech event.
Comprised exclusively of high–ranking Aber® High Sugar Grass perennial ryegrasses, Aber HSG 2 Multi–Cut is designed to produce large quantities of leafy high–quality silage from frequent cutting during the period of peak grass growth.
A balance of diploid and tetraploid varieties, with a tight spread of heading dates, provides the essential elements of high D–value and outstanding silage yields, plus good ground cover and persistency, to ensure consistent performance over a 6 to 8–year period.
“From a recent survey of UK dairy farmers, we are reporting a significant shift towards the more progressive approach of earlier and more frequent cutting,” says Germinal GB National Agricultural Sales Manager Ben Wixey. “This approach is being referred to as ‘multi–cut’ and we’re leading the way by creating a new version of our Aber HSG 2 specialist cutting mixture.
“The formulation will work particularly well for those aiming for an early first cut, then taking two subsequent cuts at 4 weekly intervals. With this approach, the potential is there to make the main proportion of the season’s grass silage by...Views: 111Continue reading»
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Oilseed rape can be a notoriously unpredictable crop to grow, but bespoke agronomy combined with the latest precision management software is helping growers manage this variability. CPM hears how three agronomists are tackling regional challenges. You can’t be prescriptive or look at nutrition in isolation. By Paul Spackman Planning any oilseed rape nutrition strategy can often prove something of a headache. Winter canopies may resemble anything from fields of cabbage to sparse areas that struggled to establish or have been hit by slugs, pigeons, or flea beetle. The old adage of ‘every field is different’ is frequently used by experts, but for OSR, where yields can vary from less than 1t/ha to 6t/ha within the same field, it holds particular significance. Spring nitrogen rates and timing remain one of the most effective ways to manipulate canopy growth, but effective nutritional strategies need to account for all causes of crop variability, incorporating multiple layers of information. Omnia makes it easy to map crop differences in the field and create variable application plans if required. That is where the Omnia precision farming software can really make a difference, according to agronomy group Hutchinsons. The system allows users to combine a raft…
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AG-Group headquarters, Tamarite de Litera
Claydon, a pioneer in direct strip seeding technology, has appointed AG-Group as the sole importer for its range of drills and stubble management equipment in Spain. AG-Group started off in 1987 as Vogel and Noot Espana S.A..and became AG-Group in 2017 following a management buy-out by General Manager Pascual Galindo
AG-Group’s headquarters are in Tamarite de Litera, Huesca, northern Spain, with a network of more than 120 distributors across Spain and into Portugal. Among the brands represented by AG-Group are Alpego, Hnos Garcia, Strautmann, Sip, Mascar and DCM.
This appointment represents a major step forward for Claydon in Spain; for the first time farmers will have local access to the Claydon range of machines, demonstration availability, service and spares. Existing Claydon customers in Spain will also benefit from a local response and support.
The Claydon range of mounted and trailed drills is particularly suited to the Spanish market. The direct strip seeding drills are designed to sow straight into stubble after harvest. The patented leading tine creates just enough tilth in the rooting and seeding zones for strong and healthy plant development and growth. As only a small channel of soil is moved, moisture is not lost but retained in the unseeded banks. Vegetation from the previous crop is left...Views: 119Continue reading»
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Forage expert Germinal has continued to strengthen its technical resources with the appointment of plant biologist Felicity Lenyk to the new position of Product Development Manager.
Working alongside Germinal’s field sales team and interacting with the company’s newly established research station, Felicity will help bring new forage crops to market as well as look at alternative systems of utilisation for established crops.
“There is a very strong drive across our livestock industry to produce more from homegrown forage,” said Germinal GB’s National Agricultural Sales Manager Ben Wixey. “This will come from improved use of tried and trusted crops alongside the introduction of new species and varieties. Our role is to lead the innovation and provide the required knowledge that will underpin farmers’ goal of producing more milk and meat from forage. This appointment is an indication of our determination to help farmers succeed and thereby create a more sustainable livestock industry.”
Felicity Lenyk has previously held product and technical management positions supporting grass and forage crop portfolios. Her earlier experience includes a period working in the field of plant bio-stimulants based at Rothamsted Research and a role as a research assistant at the University of Bath.
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- Feb 7, 2018
In farming, the conventional and organic world might not seem the easiest bedfellows, but they met in peace for a recent AHDB Monitor Farm meeting in Cornwall.
Last week, organic farmer John Pawsey, from Shimpling Park Farm in Suffolk, travelled nearly 400 miles to share his experiences with a group of farmers near Truro.
Regardless of how they farm, John said, all farmers face the same challenges, dealing with pests, weeds and diseases to produce profitable crops.
He said: “Non-organic farmers are finding that some chemicals are becoming less effective or are being withdrawn, so actually they need to start thinking like organic farmers.”
“The key thing is to bring as much diversity into the system as possible, to stop the chance that one pest, disease or weed will dominate the whole system.”
A whole-system approach is an important one for John.
“Thinking organically is knowing there isn’t just one solution to problems. There’s not just one form of weed or disease control – you have to get a raft of things right.”
Howard Emmett, who farms – conventionally – at Tregairewoon on the Roseland Peninsula and hosts the AHDB Monitor Farm programme, had heard John speak at the AHDB Monitor Farm conference in November and was keen to listen again.
“John spoke a lot of common sense,” said Howard. “I know going 100 per cent organic doesn’t appeal to everyone, but it’s impressive to see what John has achieved.”
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- Feb 7, 2018
Strong yields for GB potato seed sent to Kenya for trials
Written by Jimmy.Phillips@ahdb.org.uk
GB potato seed sent out to Kenya has performed strongly on three Kenyan trial sites.
AHDB and SASA have been working together to open the Kenyan market to GB seed since a bilateral agreement was signed by the Scottish and Kenyan governments latein 2016.
This resulted in well-known British varieties being exported to Kenya and planted in three different farms to assess the yield and quality, and the results speak for themselves.
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A crystal ball would be a useful tool to help make PGR decisions, but growers can now get a degree of foresight into the best PGR programme for different varieties using a new web-based decision support tool from Syngenta. CPM meets the scientist behind the variety trials and takes a peek at ‘Inspire’. Each variety’s characteristics will make it more or less susceptible to stem and/or root lodging. By Lucy de la Pasture Although the AHDB Recommended List produces lodging ratings for each variety, there’s no way of distinguishing their susceptibility to the different causes of lodging. Syngenta have developed a web-based decision support tool, ready for this spring, to help tailor PGR efforts at the right timings for each variety to best protect it from lodging. The unique capabilities of the tool, named Inspire, are based on years of variety-specific research which has been carried out at Harper Adams University. Cereal lodging expert Dr Mitch Crook has been conducting the trials for Sygnenta for a number of years. Lodging is likely to be uppermost in many growers’ minds this spring after last season, he says, when a dry spring turned into a dodgy summer with lodging a common problem.…
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In an era where potato products are disappearing more quickly than the innovation pipeline can deliver new ones, things are looking up with the arrival of a new SDHI and another well on its way. CPM finds out how they’ve performed in grower experience trials Fast, even crop emergence aids the management of the crop for the entire season. By Lucy de la Pasture New product launches are few and far between these days, so the launch of BASF’s Allstar is welcome news for potato growers and offers an alternative treatment to Amistar (azoxystrobin), explains Paul Goddard, BASF technical lead for potatoes. The active ingredient in Allstar is fluxapyroxad (300g/l), already familiar to cereal growers as the active in BASF’s cereal SDHI fungicide Imtrex (62.5g/l). It’s applied as an in-furrow treatment, in the same way as Amistar, and has comparable efficacy on rhizoctonia (Rhizoctonia solani) and black dot (Colletotrichum coccodes), notes Paul. But the new chemistry also brings with it some added benefits, over and above disease control. And it’s these that have particularly caught the attention in 50 on-farm trials that were set up as part of a grower experience programme in 2017 across the length and breadth of…
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Created by Rock and Roll Farming RSS
- Feb 7, 2018
045 "No hablo Español"
Tonight, here in my farm office, for my first face to face interview, I'm talking to arable farmer and current Vice-President of the National Farmers Union, Guy Smith @essexpeasant
We discuss what he's doing so far North of home, and how he's currently attending hustings all around the country for the NFU elections this month campaigning to be elected President.
We talk about his farm on the North East Essex coast, and how it's officially recognised as being the driest farm in England, and the challenges that brings.
We go into the two Nuffield scholarships that he's undertaken, and the huge amount he got out of them, as well as hearing about a case of mistaken identity with the Spanish Police! And also talk about his role as a long-standing and popular opinion piece writer at Farmers Weekly.
We then go on to talk about his role at the NFU at length, and what the it entails. We go into the challenges of the job, as well as the rewards, and discuss the future of UK farming as a whole, including Michael Gove's much hyped 'green-brexit'.
All this and much, much more. Guy's a really witty and engaging fella, and it was an absolute pleasure to talk to him for the podcast.
Check it out folks..
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