Better buying, better selling – A break through for the break crop?

Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

Download PDF As British grown oilseed rape starts to signal towards a slight recovery, how can growers get the best from the crop? CPM finds out more… Flexibility within a variety is key. By Charlotte Cunningham Looking cautiously around the countryside, oilseed rape crops are largely looking well, with carpets of evenly established yellow flowers a sight for sore eyes after a challenging few years. Though the mighty mouth of the cabbage stem flea beetle proved an opponent too great for many growers, with more knowledge about how to grow OSR to avoid the worst of beetle pressures, and high crop values going forward, it could be enough to attract growers once again reckons Duncan Durno, arable technical manager at Openfield. “Despite the challenges, OSR is still an incredibly important break crop,” he says. “There’s a lot of crops looking very good and I think growers are starting to get more confident with getting OSR up and away to mitigate the risk of flea beetle damage. This is also supported by some very strong prices at the moment – adding to the attraction.” A successful crop starts long before a drill is pulled out of the shed, and comes…
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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...