Insiders View – The triple threat


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While OSR crops across the country struggle in the battle against CSFB, Dekalb has been focusing on breeding even more resilience into its varieties to give growers the best chance against the yield-robbing pest. CPM reviews DK Exstar. DK Exstar combines high yields and oil content with the best agronomy package ever seen in a Dekalb OSR variety. By Charlotte Cunningham Oilseed rape – arguably the marmite of the arable world at the moment. While some growers have given up all hopes of growing the crop again on the back of cabbage stem flea beetle pressures, others have persevered. Though a solution is yet to be found, breeders – and growers alike – are perhaps unsurprisingly searching for the more robust, resilient varieties that can perform better in the face of adversity. Among these, Bayer is claiming a place for its latest hybrid winter OSR offering from the Dekalb range – DK Exstar. DK Exstar gleans a score of 8 for stem stiffness, phoma resistance and light leaf spot – based on data taken from the 2018/19 Candidate List. Despite not appearing on the 2020/21 Recommended List, DK Exstar packs a pretty impressive punch, according to breeder Matthew Clarke.…
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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...