Guide your way through spring agronomy decisions

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The incessant and extreme wet conditions are now presenting huge challenges for every farm’s spring agronomy and cropping decisions.

Plans are being urgently reevaluated and rejigged to set priorities for treatment, with a watchful eye on deadlines for timely spring crop establishment when a window allows. And all against a backdrop of potential damage to soil structure to fields from traveling in waterlogged conditions.


Lessons learned from last year have proved invaluable, with the latest Syngenta Spring Guide giving an insight into some of the tips and ideas to help with this season’s decisions.

The Spring Guide draws on the latest experiences and findings of the renowned Syngenta Innovation Centres, to provide practical advice and information relevant to today’s in-field actions.

“Our Innovation Centres have evolved to delve deep into the complex challenges growers and agronomists face,” reports Syngenta Head of Technical, Dave King. “It gives real results that reflect what’s happening in the field.”

The Innovation Centres are now focused on addressing some of the key issues facing growers this season, and in the future. Hot topics include resistance management, navigating the ever-changing crop protection toolbox and getting the best from each variety to meet end market demands.

“That’s all within the slowly evolving picture of the political and economic support mechanism, as growers strive to develop sustainable and profitable farming systems,” says Dave.

“It’s giving a better understanding of how to bring together new plant breeding and crop protection technologies, innovative application advances and pioneering digital services. All integrated with long-term farm-scale systems studies, into sustainable cropping practices.”

The Syngenta Spring Guide is now available on-line in a quick and easy to navigate format. It’s packed with quick links to view videos, reference relevant information and build a library of essential tips and advice to adapt agronomy and cropping decisions this spring.

Could a ‘Meat Tax’ be on the cards in the UK?

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The latest machination coming from the so-called ‘opinion formers’, who seem to have the ear of government advisors in London, is the introduction of a ‘Meat Tax’ at consumer level.

This approach, it is argued, would have the combined impact of reducing meat consumption levels (I can really see the health benefits coming through now), while also helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of production agriculture.

What absolute drivel! In my opinion, none of this makes sense at any level. This is a scurrilous and unfounded attack on livestock farming in this part of the world.

Yet, it has to be taken seriously. I make this point because economists at Rothamsted Research have already crunched the numbers where the introduction of a ‘UK...