Performance stems from good genetics

Written by Tom Allen-Stevens from CPM Magazine

Download PDF No one likes a flat oilseed rape crop, but how much do you know about the health of the stems that support it? CPM investigates the genetics of stem-based diseases. It’s often the disease in the stem, rather than the leaves, that causes the majority of the yield loss. By Tom Allen-Stevens Your oilseed rape crop may already have taken you on a see-saw of emotions this season. But as the canopy closes over, there’s one aspect of the crop that’ll lurk unseen and can pull you from a harvest high to a crop disappointment: the health of the stems. “Stem-based diseases often go undiagnosed, partly because you have a job to actually inspect it during the growing season,” says arable crops development officer Liam Wilkinson. “But no grower wants to end up with a flat crop.” Although it’s related to important diseases, stem health seldom gets the attention it deserves, he believes. “The AHDB Recommended List scores diseases by the extent of their foliar severity. But there can be a difference between the cleanliness of leaves and stem symptoms, and varieties also differ in how the disease is expressed on the leaf and stem. What’s more, it’s…
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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...