254: The Red Tractor consultation on proposed new standards

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254: The Red Tractor consultation on proposed new standards

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The evidence suggests shoppers are becoming increasingly curious about where their food comes from.

Red Tractor says the logo is seen on around £14bn worth of food products sold each year, and many retailers incorporate the logo on their advertising as the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme famously covers from farm-to-fork.

Behind the scenes, 46,000 farms are members and inspected by independent assessors and standards enforced by the Red Tractor team. Chief Executive Jim Mosely joins the podcast to explain proposed changes to standards and the chance farmers and stakeholders have to be a part of the consultation.

Jim Moseley says the consultation is genuine and Red Tractor are listening but it’s fair to say some members have not welcomed the proposals – hear the facts behind this story.

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Early moves to target wild oats

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Growers and agronomists now face the dilemma of an early application to remove competition from emerged wild oats, or holding off to allow more weeds to germinate.

Syngenta grassweeds technical manager, Georgina Wood, urges Axial Pro treatment as soon as conditions allow, once weeds are actively growing.

“That offers the chance to control wild oats more cost effectively at lower rates, whilst there is still the flexibility to tailor application rates up to 0.82 l/ha for larger or over wintered weeds and difficult situations.

“The variability of crops and situations this season means decisions for appropriate Axial Pro rates and application techniques will need to be made on a field-by-field basis,” she advised.

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