Sugar beet varieties – Stamp of approval

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF At the beginning of April, BBRO and BSPB announced the new Recommended List for sugar beet, which saw nine new varieties added and four withdrawn. CPM reports. It remains vital that new genetics are constantly brought to market. By Lucy de la Pasture The new graduates to the BBRO/BSPB Recommended List offer more choice at a time when variety selection goes hand in hand to help counter some of the pest and disease problems when growing a crop with a decreasing range of pesticide solutions. While yield is still an important trait, it’s no longer the only consideration in a more integrated approach to planning the next crop. Ongoing investment in research and development is bringing new varieties to improve pest and disease resistance while also increasing yields, says BSPB chief executive, Sam Brooke. “Plant breeders have also demonstrated these varieties can improve nitrogen and water use efficiency. These benefits all count towards ensuring the resilience of UK domestic sugar production in the coming years. “In what’s been a challenging couple of years, it remains vital that new genetics are constantly brought to market to help growers increase yields by tackling diseases such as virus yellows. Nine new…
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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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