Research briefing – Agronomic need determines success

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF One of the biggest concerns growers have about applying biostimulants is whether they will see a return on their investment. Years of research and development at Omex indicate a targeted approach will give the best results. CPM finds out more. Biostimulants shouldn’t be considered as a blanket measure for all crops. By Lucy de la Pasture The biostimulant market is booming. With more than 300 products available in the UK there’s a bewildering choice for growers in an expanding market where the potential of products can sometimes be overplayed. That’s the view of David Booty, technical development manager at Omex, which has a long history in biostimulant products. He highlights that the key to using biostimulants as they were intended is in the name itself. “Biostimulants work by upregulating a natural process in the plant, so if a plant is growing happily then it’s unlikely to benefit from the application of a biostimulants because it’s doing ok on its own.” For this reason he very much advocates using a biostimulant when it’s agronomically justified rather than as a routine treatment, prescribed at frequent intervals. “If a crop has adequate nutrition, is protected by fungicide and growth isn’t limited…
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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...