Forward-thinking farmers – A complex picture

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Download PDF Zymoseptoria tritici has always been a challenging pathogen to control, partly because of its latent phase but also because of its shape-shifting ability to evade fungicide modes of action. CPM explores how molecular chemistry is both clarifying and adding complexity to understanding the septoria pathogen’s resistance evolution and its development in the field. It’s worth noting how quickly septoria took off after favourable weather late in the season. By Lucy de la Pasture It’s reassuring to know when you fly on a Rolls Royce powered plane, the engine performance data is continuously being ‘snapshotted’ back to technical experts on the ground. Not only has it allowed the engine manufacture to improve reliability but also develop a ‘preventative’ health programme, where potential mechanical defects are identified before they become a serious concern. The same intensive screening isn’t quite there yet with cereal disease diagnostic technology, but it’s moving in that direction, says Bayer’s Rosalind Martin. After a successful pilot in 2020, Bayer extended its Rapid Disease Detection initiative under the banner of ‘National Snapshot’. “It’s an extension of Bayer research evaluating various technologies to improve disease diagnosis and refine fungicide use and compliance which started in 2014,” she says.…
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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...