1. S

    Is the answer to UK livestock sustainability

    Insect protein? To replace soya?
  2. Farm Business RSS

    Fine tuning strategies to achieve successful crop desiccation

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business Following their first full season of diquat free desiccation, and potentially armed with greater knowledge gleaned from “real” non-trial conditions without a diquat safety net, many potato growers should now have an even better understanding of what it...
  3. Agriland RSS

    Desiccating potato crops: What are the options in 2021?

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland With diquat no longer available (Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland), Irish potato growers will have no option but to look at other crop desiccation options over the coming weeks. This issue was the focus of a farm demonstration, hosted by the...
  4. V

    Winter barley v spring barley

    I’ve 30 acres been in permanent grass for years needing freshened up. Given feed price and straw prices I’m thinking I should put some barley in and produce something of my own. My thoughts on winter v spring is I will have crop off far earlier than spring stuff to get a reseed put in plus my...
  5. Col555

    Hoverfly Larvae

    Does anyone else get an annual plague of hoverfly larve around cubicles from the slats and slurry store, and has anyone a good idea how to stop or kill them. The little buggers seem to wriggle themselves big distances into the robot rooms and onto the cubicle beds. Lime on the beds doesn’t...
  6. Bigjon44


    Anyone warrant doing a T3 this year? Growing skyfall and is a bit of yellow rust around so may do a cheapo one involving Tebuconazole
  7. CPM RSS

    Fit for the Future – Traits of success

    Written by cpm With growers turning to cultural methods to control the impact of aphids on barley crops, KWS’ latest BYDV-tolerant variety looks set to play an important role. CPM finds out more. Genetics are going to help when chemistry may not be able to. By Charlotte Cunningham Since the...
  8. CPM RSS

    Warnings issued as a third of UK OSR crops could be at risk of TuYV

    Written by Charlotte Cunningham OSR growers are being urged to be aware of the risk from TuYV as results from a recent survey confirmed that a third of susceptible UK crops are infected, with severe implications on yields, according to plant breeders, Limagrain. Charlotte Cunningham reports...
  9. M

    Fund raiser for BYDV because I was told that it's a figment of my imagination

    As the title says ,,,,,.
  10. Agriland RSS

    Farmer-led aphid monitoring could reduce pesticide use in tackling BYDV

    Written by William Kellett A new study by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has concluded that a simple field-based monitoring system, run by farmers, could help reduce the use of insecticide spraying to tackle barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) in cereal crops following the 2019 ban...
  11. Direct Driller Magazine

    Putting Covers into Context

    Cover and catch cropping may work well for many managing lighter and erosion-prone soils but for those on heavier and more difficult ground they remain very far from the answer to any sort of maiden’s prayer The right covers managed in the right way can help structure even the most challenging...
  12. Agriland RSS

    Scottish growing sector faces pros and cons due to mixed weather

    Written by William Kellett Following an exceptionally dry spring in 2020, many were hoping for a more ‘normal’ spell of spring weather in 2021. However, the weather over the past month has been predominantly dry for most, along with being exceptionally cold, with the Met Office provisionally...
  13. Agriland RSS

    Insecticide gets emergency authorisation for sugar beet

    Written by William Kellett HSE has issued an emergency authorisation (EA) for the use of InSyst (acetamiprid) on sugar beet. It permits one application of Certis’ insecticide InSyst to control peach–potato aphid (Myzus persicae) to prevent virus yellows infection in sugar beet this year. BBRO...
  14. JCfarmer

    Winter oats not looking happy at the moment!

    Has anyone got red/brown tipped leaves. Agronomist thinks its the cold dry weather we've had, I hope anyway! He said other clients have the same. Sprayed 10 days ago with 1.25 l Chlormequat 0.5 l Tubosan 0.1 l Moddus 0.4 l Starane 21g Ally Max Started spraying after 10 in the morning and...
  15. H

    Will we be ploughing for re seeding in the future?

    With farmers taking the blame for wrecking the planet do you think we will be ploughing up permanent grassland to re seed?
  16. Villagefarmer

    Brix Results

    Hello I’ve started this year brix testing and I’m trying to analyse my results I took yesterday. I sampled first thing in the morning (7.30 am) . As understand a result above 12 is good I was getting results between 10-20 depending on the variety mainly the results were 16-20 is this...
  17. Laggard

    Cabbage seed weevil

    Didn’t spray last year’s OSR with any insecticide. Unfortunately there was a lot of damage from brassica pod midge. Haven’t used any insecticide on this year’s OSR either but wondering if I should spray for cabbage seed weevil this year?
  18. N

    fodder beet for ewes and lambs

    Hi all. This may be a stupid question but if you don't ask.......! We have a small but expanding lleyn ewe flock. For several years we have bought in fodder beet to feed ad-lib to the ewes 4/5 weeks before lambing to coincide with max lamb growth. We have also grown stubble turnips of...
  19. Daniel

    British Sugars Penultimate Sugar Campaign. 2021/22

    Ahead of tonight's online bunfight, I thought I'd start a new thread for this year's beet crop. I assume all growers have signed up for the meeting? With the 3 year contracts ending next year, this year could be the 2nd last year of having a viable sugar industry in this country. Or maybe...
  20. F

    BYDV spring treatment?

    Evidence of infection in mid October drilled WB, don’t want secondary infection but guess given temperatures and low aphid forecast not worthwhile/not not good for environment. Conflicting advice from agronomists. Not treated in the autumn if that makes a difference. Anecdotally I find hybrids...