Microbial biostimulants – Double reason to make most of N

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF With so much focus on biostimulants to help crops use nutrients more efficiently, CPM finds out how two growers are using different microbial bionutritional products on their farms. We want to increase yield to make the most of higher prices but not by applying masses of fertiliser. By Rob Jones and Lucy de la Pasture Using nitrogen more efficiently is a key goal for many growers and a Kent-based farmer believes biology holds the answer. With nitrogen prices heading higher every day, coupled with rising wheat values, Simon Chiles’s agenda is to maximise yield without applying extra and expensive nitrogen. “Some farmers might have bought N at the right money, but I can’t see that many will apply more than 75-80% of their normal rate, which will enable them to achieve the best yield with the N they’ve bought,” he says. Simon started out as an agricultural contractor but has gradually migrated to farming. His business, based near Edenbridge in Kent, is now about half arable farming, with the remainder producing hay and straw for the equestrian market. The farm of 120ha has an arable rotation, with crops varying year-to-year but including winter wheat, oats, triticale, linseed, soya, lupins…
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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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