Countryside Seeds Ltd

Discussion in 'TFF Agricultural Directory' started by Chris F, Jan 9, 2015.

Countryside Seeds Ltd
  1. Great In Grass

    Spring Under–Sowing Option Will Boost Forage Production

    Under–sowing spring cereals with a perennial ryegrass ley has the potential to increase production whilst cutting establishment costs, advises Germinal’s William Fleming.

    Livestock producers drilling spring cereals for wholecrop or grain could gain significantly by under–sowing crops with a following grass ley.

    Along with fully cashing in on the land’s production potential by minimising any barren period, the practice also takes time pressure off post–harvest when the ley would otherwise be established.

    “Under–sowing this spring could be particularly important to producers who may be concerned about a shortage of silage or forage stocks,” he adds.

    Getting it into the ground

    As with any reseeding or establishment of a new crop, soil tests should be done in good time, with attention paid to soil fertility, pH and structure. According to William, for best establishment, cereals must be planted first – at a slightly lower rate – and then grass seed is drilled or broadcasted into the surface. Cereals and grass seed can both be drilled the same day, but not at the same pass.

    Ideally, the field will be ploughed to prepare the seedbed for the cereal crop and drilled at 40 to 50kgs/acre (100 to 120kg/ha), 2.5 to 4cm deep, and then rolled to prepare a fine and firm seed bed for the grass ley. Grass should then be broadcast or drilled, no deeper than 1cm.


    For farms in areas where wet harvest conditions may be a concern, William says an under–sowing system works best when the cereal crop is taken as a wholecrop when grain is at the soft, cheesy stage.

    “This can be very successful, producing 6 to 8tDM/ha, and also gets the crop removed early on when field conditions are more likely to be suitable,” he explains.

    If crops are to be harvested by combine for a hard grain, headers need to be set higher, at least 2.5cm above the top of the grass to prevent combine clogging. Make sure the cereal crop isn’t creating too much shade for the grass ley below and if necessary be prepared to harvest earlier as a wholecrop silage.

    Early autumn grazing or late silage cut

    With the ley established under the cereal crop, new grass will be available for a late silage cut by the early autumn, boosting forage stocks for the following winter. Alternatively, it might be grazed with sheep or youngstock, to encourage the ley to tiller out and be in prime condition for the following spring. Always remember the objective is to get a new grass ley established and the priority is the quality and density of the sward, so be prepared to take the cereal early if necessary to avoid damage to the ley below.
  2. Great In Grass

    Germinal UK Agriculture team Spring Giveaway Terms and Conditions.

    Germinal’s Agriculture team in the United Kingdom invite Twitter users to enter a competition opening on Friday 4 May 2018 and closing on Thursday 14 June 2018. To enter the competition entrants are asked to share a photograph which captures Germinal goods in use to the @GerminalUKAgri Twitter account.
    The grand prize will be announced on Friday 8 June and will receive £300 of Germinal products and a variety of Gemrinal branded merchandise. Weekly winners will also be selected and will receive a selection of Germinal branded merchandise. The photograph must include Germinal branded bag(s) and can be anything from loading seed to take home to grass being harvested or grazed.

    Terms and Conditions include:

    • Entry is open to residents of the U.K except employees (and their families) of Germinal GB, Germinal NI or other organisations owned or part owned by Germinal Holdings Ltd.

    • All entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over.

    1.Entries must include Germinal branded product bags

    2. Entries must be shared via Twitter to @GerminalUKAgri account and include the hashtag #AberOnFarm

    3. Entries made online using methods generated by a script, macro or the use of automated devices will be void.

    • No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, delayed or corrupted, or due to computer error in transit.

    • The prize is as stated, are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.

    • The winner(s) is (are) responsible for expenses and arrangements not specifically included in the prize, including any necessary travel documents.

    • Competitions may be modified or withdrawn at any time in exceptional circumstances.

    • In the event of a discrepancy between these terms and conditions and the details in the promotional material (or any other terms and conditions provided/referred to at the time of entry), these terms and conditions shall prevail.

    • The winner(s) agree(s) to the use of their name and photograph and will co–operate with any other reasonable requests by Germinal relating to any post–winning publicity.

    • By submitting a photograph to this competition, entrants are transferring ownership and rights of the photograph to Germinal Holdings Ltd for any use, marketing or otherwise.

    • The winner(s) will be drawn at random from all correct entries received by the closing date of Friday 15 June 2018.

    • Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner(s). If the winner(s) cannot be contacted, or are unable to comply with these terms and conditions, Germinal reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random.
  3. Great In Grass

    Cereals 2018 - Stand 561
    Tom Dummett, RAGT's Cereals & OSR Product Manager joined the Cereals team on site to discuss RAGT's planned activity for Cereals 2018.

    Make sure to visit RAGT at stand 561 on 13th & 14th June at Chrishall Grange, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

    Read more via Cereals 2018 website.
  4. Great In Grass

    Recommended Lists Include Two New Aber Grass and Clover Ranges
    Latest Recommended Lists Include Two New Top–Ranking Additions To Germinal’s Aber Grass and Clover Ranges
    Two new top–ranking forage varieties from the IBERS Aberystwyth University public good plant breeding programme feature on the 2018/19 Recommended Grass and Clover Lists launched at Grassland UK.

    AberBann is a late heading diploid perennial ryegrass and the latest Aber High Sugar Grass on the RGCL, combining a high grazing yield with outstanding quality (Grazing D–value of 78.1). No other perennial ryegrass on the latest RGCL is higher than AberBann’s 109% for ME Yield/ha, and this superior energy yield ranks it 11% higher than the average of all other late diploids on the current list. In official trials, AberBann shows consistently high dry matter yields throughout, with a particularly strong main season performance with 113% of controls for early summer grazing and 107% of controls for late summer grazing.

    AberSwan is the only new white clover on the 2018/19 RGCL. A medium leaf–size variety, AberSwan has an exceptional total clover yield at 110% of the mean of all varieties on the list and shows its persistency with this rising to 121% of the mean by the third harvest year.

    Both new varieties will be marketed exclusively worldwide by Germinal and will feature in Germinal GB’s Aber HSG grass mixtures in the near future.

    AberBann adds to our comprehensive Aber High Sugar Grass range of top–ranking ryegrasses on the Recommended Grass and Clover Lists,” says Ben Wixey, National Agricultural Sales Manager for Germinal GB. “The combination of high dry matter yields and exceptional quality means significantly more energy per hectare for producing milk or meat. In addition, the variety excels in all the important agronomic traits (ground cover, persistency, disease resistance) that ensure the leys perform in the field. This late diploid follows the two outstanding perennial ryegrass varieties new onto the preceding RGCL, AberLee (late diploid) and AberSpey (intermediate tetraploid) and underlines the continued progress being made by the ryegrass breeders at IBERS.

    AberSwan is the latest product of a legume breeding programme at IBERS that includes performance under animal grazing as part of its white clover selection protocol. This is a medium–leaf variety that has demonstrated outstanding persistency when cut and grazed, out–yielding all other white clovers in the third harvest year. It is a strong addition to the range of Aber white clovers and will feature in both cutting and grazing mixtures in the future.”

    The first AberBann seed is expected to be commercially available in small quantities from the 2018 UK harvest whilst AberSwan white clover is expected to be in production following the 2019 harvest in New Zealand.
  5. Great In Grass

    Farmers Reaping Rewards From Multi–Cut
    Dairy farmers adopting a progressive multi–cut approach to silage making are reaping the benefits through improved forage quality, according to a recent UK–wide survey being reported at Grassland UK by Germinal.
    In the survey of over 150 dairy farmers, over 40% had shortened their cutting intervals in the last three years. Of these, a significant majority (92%) reported either much better or slightly better grass silage quality as a result.

    “The fact that the early adopters of multi–cut silage making are seeing an improvement in forage quality is entirely logical,” says Germinal’s Ben Wixey. “Cutting grass earlier in the season and at shorter intervals will mean it is closer to optimum D–value at the point of ensiling and should therefore result in a higher feed value forage. We estimate that this could amount to as much as an extra 1MJ/kg of energy in many cases – so 12MJ/kg ME silage instead of 11ME – which sets the platform for increasing milk production from forage.”

    Mr Wixey points out that to maximise the benefit of a multi–cut silage approach dairy farmers should be routinely reseeding their leys, using the best available varieties from the Recommended Grass and Clover Lists. It is also important to ensure all other elements of the silage making process are carried out with a ‘best practice’ mindset.

    Germinal has launched a specialist grass silage mixture formulated to suit ‘multi–cut’ systems. 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, Aber HSG 2 Multi–Cut 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.

    Extra investment in grass silage making will pay dividends, according to Germinal, as the extra feed energy in the clamp – which allows savings in bought–in feed – will boost milk from forage and underpin a more sustainable dairy business.
  6. Great In Grass

    Plants Respond Better to Overdoses of Light than Expected

    May 16, 2018 | Michelle Clarke

    Plants are damaged when they receive too much sunlight. Researchers from Wageningen and Lithuania have discovered how the internal protection system works that helps plants prevent the damage from these overdoses. The discovery could prove important for crop yields in the future.

    Green plants have an effective method of capturing and processing sunlight. The plant diverts the absorbed photons (light particles) to an internal processing unit, the reaction centre, where a series of chemical reactions convert the energy into electrons and protons needed to produce molecules like sugar. In bright sunlight, however, the reaction centre is unable to process the electrons and protons it produces quickly enough. This can damage the plant severely, whereby so-called free radicals cause chemical damage to proteins and lipids, causing tissues to die off.

    To prevent the next absorbed light particle from being sent to the reaction centre before the previous one has been completely processed, plants deploy various protection mechanisms that convert some of the absorbed light into harmless heat.

    Protection against overdoses of sunlight

    Professor of Biophysics Herbert van Amerongen and his research team explain their spectacular discovery of how this system works (the NPQ photo protection system) in Nature Plants.

    To activate this protection system, the plant triggers various enzymes. This effect lasts some tens of seconds to several minutes. In fluctuating light, for example when leaves are blown by the wind, it can result in costly energy losses. The importance of the moment of activating and deactivating the protection was demonstrated by researchers in the US one and a half years ago. They showed how modified tobacco leaves, of which the activation and deactivation process had been sped up considerably, produced up to 15% more biomass.

    Plants respond faster than expected

    The research team from Wageningen’s Laboratory of Biophysics and their Lithuanian colleagues have discovered that an important part of the activation process is much faster than expected. Although the activation process initially lasts tens of seconds, once the protection has been activated the system can respond to the state of the reaction centre almost instantaneously.

    Limited energy loss

    If the reaction centre is still processing the previous bundle of energy, a new incoming bundle is converted into heat; but if the reaction centre is available, then a much smaller fraction is converted into heat and so the energy losses are limited.

    Photosynthesis 2.0

    WUR is currently working on a new research proposal together with 51 other institutions from 17 EU countries: Photosynthesis 2.0. By 2050 we will need to be able to produce enough food for ten billion people. This means that we will need to produce twice as much to guarantee food security. But how do we do this without exhausting the earth’s resources?

    The results of Professor Van Amerongen’s research demonstrate that the commonly accepted photosynthesis models are incorrect and that plants use light more efficiently than was previously thought. This discovery is a starting point for new insights to increase production by means of photosynthesis. This does not only concern food crops, but also less obvious plants and other organisms that photosynthesize.

    For example, there is evidence that this protection mechanism is less effective in algae and microalgae. ‘Improving’ these organisms by introducing this mechanism to their photosynthesis system could provide opportunities to use these ‘crops’ more effectively for bio-energy and useful chemical products.

    Source: Wageningen

Share This Page

Create your own directory listing