Green schemes – The agronomic sense in going green

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Download PDF Agrii and Hutchinsons have both launched major new initiatives designed to help growers address the challenges and opportunities coming through in new environmental policy initiatives. CPM find out what’s on offer. There’s a massive knowledge gap that exists between where UK Agriculture is now and where it aspires to be, and it needs a delivery mechanism to address this. By Tom Allen-Stevens The role of the serviced agronomist is changing. Gone are the days they simply walked the crops and wrote a prescription for a list of chemicals that should be applied. Instead, they’re increasingly involved in wider on-farm discussions. There are signs many growers value their input on rotations, cropping, varieties, nutrition and cultivations, with conversations moving from margin over input to whole-farm and long-term profit. Now the relationship may be making another step change. Agrii has launched Green Horizons, its new wide-reaching sustainability initiative. Meanwhile Hutchinsons is rolling out a brand-new Services Division – Environmental Services was launched in the New Year, with other similar initiatives to follow. Put simply, Green Horizons is Agrii’s commitment to sustainable food production, explains the company’s head of technical Clare Bend. “We believe it’s eminently achievable to meet the twin…
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Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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