Seed treatment – Bridge the hunger gap


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Making sure young seedlings aren’t limited by access to nutrients is one of the keys to good early crop development. CPM explores the role nutritional seed treatments can play. If it’s not measured, then it can’t be managed. By Rob Jones Crop nutrition is becoming an increasingly important focus for agronomists and growers for a number of reasons – including plateaued yields, the revocation of essential crop protection products and more extreme seasons, as well as economic challenges and greater environmental pressures. It’s recognised that there’s a potential gap in supplying the nutrition required by plants during their early growth stages once the mother seed is exhausted, but the crop canopy still isn’t advanced enough to be able to fully intercept a foliar spray, says Agrii research and northern development manager Jim Carswell. “Improving crop health and productivity in a more environmentally sustainable way can be achieved by using an optimised loading of essential trace elements, delivered as a seed treatment. This can help to redress this balance by filling the hunger gap – covering the period from the seed germinating to the three-leaf stage of the crop, which is about four to six weeks,” he says. “Getting the…
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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...