Full of promise

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF After two springs which followed extremely wet winters, crops in 2022 are looking promising coming out of a much kinder winter. CPM joins the Bayer Crop Doctor team to get a feel for likely disease pressures before fungicide programmes get underway. There’s less septoria in the Extase but more than in previous years. By Lucy de la Pasture In a world that’s currently topsy turvy, the sight of wheat plants basking in early spring sunshine and rippling in the breeze, readying themselves for an imminent switch into stem extension, is somewhat reassuring. Even so, the exact beat of the rhythm of the 2022 season isn’t yet set and that will dictate disease pressure – crops look full of promise but it’s in the hands of Mother Nature. Nearing the end of March, the Crop Doctors took their annual tour, taking in Bayer trial sites in Herefordshire and Lincolnshire and farms in Oxfordshire and Yorkshire. The aim is to get a measure of how different varieties are faring in the different regions and to establish the baseline for disease just before fungicides programmes kick off. Great Tew Estate, Oxfordshire First stop was Great Tew Estate, where Colin Woodward…
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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...