Innovation Insight – The right trait at the right time

Written by Tom Allen-Stevens from CPM Magazine

Download PDF BYDV resistance puts wheat growers within tantalising reach of an insecticide-free crop. CPM tells the story of the breeding triumphs that brought it to commercial reality. A non-chemical solution is exactly what’s needed, both for the environment and for the public perception of farming. By Tom Allen-Stevens Every once in a while, there’s an innovation in plant breeding that sets down a true milestone. Barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) resistance in wheat will be remembered as one of those. But what really makes it remarkable is that the first UK variety with this trait was launched in the very same year growers could no longer use the neonicotinoid chemistry on which they had relied for around two decades. “BYDV resistance is the right trait at the right time,” states Agrii seed technical manager John Miles. “While neonic seed dressings were available, genetic resistance to an aphid-borne virus came way down the pecking order of what growers wanted in a wheat. Now, a non-chemical solution is exactly what’s needed, both for the environment and for the public perception of farming.” Jim Knight, seed business development manager at Frontier, agrees. “It’s hugely significant – easily comparable with resistance to orange…
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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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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...
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