Crop Doctor – Nurturing through to full potential


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As the key flag leaf timing approaches, the Crop Doctors have taken another virtual tour of the UK’s trial plots to assess the issues growers face and encourage peak performance from Britain’s cereal crop. CPM joins the discussion. The dry weather is not a get-out-of-jail-free card for disease. By Tom Allen-Stevens It’s been three weeks since the Crop Doctors – Jonathan Blake of ADAS and SRUC’s Prof Fiona Burnett – took a virtual ‘tour’ of the UK’s cereal crops to assess levels of disease. Hardly any rain has fallen since then, but crops have moved on significantly and there’s plenty of potential to protect as thoughts turn to the key flag-leaf timing. Following COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, trial plots at each of four sites in Herefordshire, Oxon, Lincs and Yorks have been visited by Bayer field representatives. They assessed disease levels, took samples and photos and joined a web conference with the Crop Doctors, along with a local grower or agronomist to gain a true picture on the state of the UK’s crops. Variation in Oxon “The wheat varieties are all over the place,” comments Bayer’s Ben Giles, who took a detailed look at plots at Hinton Waldrist, near Oxford,…
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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...