Fit for the future – Lock in your crop’s potential


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Download PDF Choosing the right variety requires so much more than just glancing through the AHDB Recommended List. CPM explores the merits of a new initiative from KWS designed to match grower needs to the traits on offer. Well sown is half grown. By Tom Allen-Stevens As you look down the AHDB Recommended List of winter wheat varieties, chances are your eyes will be drawn to yield, market options, disease resistance (specifically Septoria tritici), lodging score and ripening. So where are the scores on nitrogen use efficiency, consumer satisfaction, climate resilience, food waste and productivity? These are the challenges UK growers face for their business, and the first step in seeking the solutions lies in the properties of the seed that goes in the ground, points out Dr Kirsty Richards of KWS. “80% of what your crop can deliver is locked into the seed you buy and its match to your own individual growing conditions,” she says. “You can fine-tune this with the correct nitrogen levels, using fungicides wisely to protect it from disease and paying attention to basic management principles. But once you’ve made your seed choice your production potential is largely set.” What’s more, the contribution the seed…
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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...