Dekalb announces OSR establishment support scheme for 2020


Written by Charlotte Cunningham

Growers of Dekalb hybrid OSR varieties which fail to establish this autumn will be credited with £100/bag under the enhanced Establishment Scheme introduced by Bayer for 2020. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Building on the initiative piloted last autumn, the 2020 scheme offered through participating distributors will compensate growers for any crops lost by 31 Oct. Centred on Dekalb’s DK Exstar, the scheme will also extend to DK Extremus and DK Excited. “All three of these varieties have the rapid autumn development character that helps them grow away from establishment challenges,” says Bayer campaign manager, Edward Hagues. “And now they offer the additional assurance of a simple risk-sharing scheme should early flea beetle or other establishment pressures prove too intense.” Participating distributors To take advantage of scheme, all growers have to do is purchase their seed through one of Dekalb’s participating distributors and register at Distributor-validated claims for crops planted before 20 Sept failing to establish by the end of Oct will automatically be issued with £100/bag credit notes by 20 Nov. “Together, our 2020 scheme and hybrid genetics provide growers with the best establishment support in the business so they can have the greatest confidence in continuing to grow OSR,”…
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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...