Lamport trials – The good, the bad and the ugly

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Download PDF The Agrovista trial site at Lamport in Northamptonshire has matured into a hive of information and reveals how changes in rotational management affect blackgrass populations, crop yields and soil health. CPM visits the trials and finds out its latest triumphs and pitfalls. We’re looking at interactions and this is where the really valuable learning lies. By Lucy de la Pasture One of the burning questions for growers who’ve resorted to spring cropping because of severe blackgrass infestations is when to bring autumn cereals back into the rotation. Agrovista’s trial site at Lamport in Northamptonshire has been looking at this question for a decade now and has had as many failures as success stories – and that’s what makes it a valuable mine of information. Agrovista technical manager Mark Hemmant believes Lamport provides a valuable insight into what may happen when tweaks are made to a rotation with a heavy blackgrass infestation – in the early days head counts of 2000/m2 were the norm at the heavy land site. “The rotation had been a close one with winter wheat/oilseed rape in a min-till cultivation system. Blackgrass control relied on residuals and control was only around 40% in the first…

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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.

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