Arable Chat , the new podcast from Agronomist and Arable Farmer



Written by Lydia Turner

Agronomist and Arable Farmer brings you the latest industry news and hot topics from the arable world in our brand new monthly podcast, Arable Chat.


In the first ever episode of Arable Chat, hosts John Swire, Agronomist and Arable Editor, and Lydia Turner bring you the latest industry news as of April 2021 and chat with Nina Clancy CEO at the RSABI about support for the Scottish farming community, covering practical, financial and emotional support.

Nina provides an insight into the RSABI and provides advice to all those listening.

John Swire also discusses all things weeds with Gowan Crop Protection’s UK & Ireland technical manager, Barrie Hunt. Barrie also offers listeners an insight into his career and experience.

Arable chat is available to stream here and over the coming days will be available on all major streaming sites such as Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.
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Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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