Nottingham University research highlights biostimulant benefits

Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

New research has highlighted the benefits of both seed-applied and foliar biostimulants, which could provide a useful aid to growers as spring crop growth gets underway according to Interagro. The trials – commissioned by Interagro – were conducted by Dr Steve Rossall, University of Nottingham to explore further the capabilities of two of its products, Newton – a peptide-based biostimulant seed treatment – and Bridgeway, an amino-acid derived product which has been proven to promote healthier, higher-yielding crops. The aim of the research was two-fold: to investigate the effect of seed applied Newton on early root and shoot growth in spring barley in a drought situation, and to look at the effect of foliar-applied Bridgeway on winter wheat development at differing nitrogen levels. Seed-applied success In the Newton/spring barley trials, the seed treatment was applied to plug plants of the variety Planet, and raised in peat-based module compost until the second leaf had emerged. Following this, they were then transplanted into deeper pots filled with hydroleca – an expanded clay pellet substrate. Half of the plants were watered daily, while the other half were only irrigated after they displayed early signs of wilting – replicating an in-field drought scenario. Dr…
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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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...