1. Farm Business RSS

    Could maize replace grass silage shortfalls?

    Written by John Swire The cold and dry conditions in April significantly reduced grass growth. Many farmers were forced to take very early and light cuts of first cut grass silage as fields failed to bulk up as expected. Although recent rain came at the right time for aftermaths and could help...
  2. Phil P

    Winter wheat T1 2021

    Ok, what are your plans for T1? Back in April when it was looking like another drought I was thinking keep it cheap! However we’ve now had A LOT of rain and 90% of the wheats are looking like they have some good potential. So, my and my agronomist thoughts are to go with a more robust T1 His...
  3. Rock and Roll Farming RSS

    Cheese, Wine and Bread

    Cheese, Wine and Bread Written by Journalist, YouTuber, podcaster and now book author Katie Quinn talks all about her early life working in New York, the traumatic brain injury that changed her life, how she began to look at food differently as a result of this, and how that led her on a food...
  4. T

    MCPB on prophet peas

    Is it ok to use MCPB on the spring pea variety prophet and if so does it need 4L/ha? I’ve found the Tropotox label on line but it doesn’t mention prophet peas. I wasn’t aware that some varieties can be more sensitive to MCPB than others but I have some thistle patches to knock back.
  5. Laggard

    Home saved home saved seed

    I bought certified RGT PLANET seed and planted it 2 years ago. Last year I home saved the seed and paid BSPB the royalties. This year I’ve home saved the seed ( home saved the harvest from the home saved seed), are royalties still due?
  6. CPM RSS

    Insiders View – Sky-high resistance

    Written by cpm Download PDF In a group jam-packed with new options, Limagrain’s latest offering claims the title of the best septoria resistance within the UK Flour Millers (UKFM) Group 3 category. CPM reviews LG Astronomer. The septoria score in particular gives Astronomer a real edge. By...
  7. CPM RSS

    Innovation Insight – A breakthrough in genetics

    Written by cpm After 20 years of research and testing, LSPB has commercially launched two oilseed rape varieties containing a new resistance gene – RlmS – which claims to offer greater protection against phoma. CPM explores the breakthrough in genetics. Now is the time to have a new resistance...
  8. CPM RSS

    Insiders View – Something to get Excited about…

    Written by cpm As oilseed rape continues to fight for its place in the rotation, improved genetics may encourage growers to be more confident in how it could perform. CPM reviews Dekalb’s latest TuYV resistant variety, DK Excited. Growers want to buy assurance. By Charlotte Cunningham AHDB’s...
  9. CPM RSS

    Potatoes – Alternaria – another evolving threat?

    Written by cpm Early blight has become a more significant disease in some varieties in recent years. New research in Europe warns that it’s also a disease that is evolving into something that’s more aggressive and harder to control. CPM finds out more. Crop health is a factor in early blight...
  10. CPM RSS

    Sugar beet varieties – Virus tolerance makes debut

    Written by cpm The 2022 BBRO/BSPB Recommended List was released last month and features a high turnover of varieties – with six additions, including the first variety with a tolerance trait to virus yellowing. CPM finds out what to expect from the newcomers. Tolerance will help to manage the...
  11. CPM RSS

    Crop Doctor – Disease slows in dry April

    Written by cpm The cool, dry April has slowed crop growth, disease development and T1 fungicide applications. CPM joins the Crop Doctors as they get back out into the field to see how different varieties have fared at Cawood, Long Sutton, Callow and Great Tew. There’s a lot of leaf death and...
  12. Premium Crops

    Starane Hi-Load HL has been granted a new EAMU for BLW control in Millet

    Starane Hi-Load HL has been granted a new EAMU for BLW control in Millet "With the loss of Bromoxynil another BLW herbicide was needed" says Premium Crops Company Agronomist, Hannah Foxall,"Having fluroxypyr as a Post-Emergence option will enhance our control of; cleavers, knotgrass, black...
  13. Rock and Roll Farming RSS

    Farmer Ben Andrews

    Farmer Ben Andrews Written by Ben Andrews talks about his organic mixed farming operation in North Herefordshire farming beef cattle, cereal crops and a range of different vegetables. We also compare notes on being tenant famers and the challenges of flooding, discuss our love/ hate...
  14. J

    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. G

    What to do?

    Hi all, First post on thefarmingforum. We are a beef farm on former sandy heathland that we now graze and cut for hay. Soil is very light and sandy with some clayey bits but this is mostly SSSI. pH low 5’s so have just limed our two best forage fields at 3t/acre with the 2mm to dust stuff.....I...
  16. A

    T1 Fungicide advice please

    Hi all. Have been sent Skyway (very expensive) by my agronomist to apply as a T1 alongside Toledo, which I already have in stock. Wheat variety is Costello which I believe is very tolerant against rust- is there any advantage to applying the Toledo AND Skyway or can some more experienced arable...
  17. B

    Ash Die Back & new Woodland

    Anyone noticed just how many Ash trees are now dead, down in our part of Devon 95% of all Ash trees died last Autumn but because it was near the time for leaves to fall not many people took any notice, now with spring we are able to see the total devastation of virtually all our Ash trees. When...
  18. Clive

    No fungicide 2021

    nearly may and yet to use a fungicide, crops spotless clean cold, dry - could this be the first year we don’t use this group of chemicals at all ? rain could change things yet but it will need to be significant now to rebalance smd’s anyone else not applied a fungicide to wheat or barley...
  19. CPM RSS

    Don’t drop guard against yellow rust and septoria, warns Hutchinsons

    Written by Charlotte Cunningham Recent cold, dry weather may have reduced the immediate disease pressure in cereal crops, but growers can mustn’t drop their guard against yellow rust and septoria at the main spring fungicide timings, according to the latest advice from Hutchinsons. Charlotte...
  20. teslacoils

    Recommend Me A Milling Wheat

    Heavy land milling wheat variety needed. Needs to stand; thresh; and have an aggressive growth type. Needs to be fairly "showy" in early spring so I can feel good about it. Thoughts? Gp1,2,3 all fine.