Tech Talk – Improving the pulse of farm rotations

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF New pulse varieties can help farmers shift rotations towards more regenerative techniques. But are today’s varieties good enough, and is their agronomy up to scratch? CPM finds out. Nutritional impact on subsequent cereals is extremely useful – particularly so with current fertiliser costs By Andrew Blake There’s plenty to suggest, given the ever-brighter spotlights on food production and the environment, that the prospects for pulse crops such as beans and peas are encouraging. Given that background, there are several questions that merit answers to ensure growers make the most of the opportunities on the horizon. Why are pulses increasingly important to arable farming? Pulses are significant break crops in arable systems, offering benefits in terms of the crops themselves and to following crops, says Chris Guest, managing director of LS Plant Breeding. “With the recent fall in the oilseed rape area we’ve seen a rise in the popularity of beans, particularly spring types, but also of peas; and those crops’ nutritional impact on subsequent cereals is extremely useful – particularly so with current fertiliser costs.” Spring-sown pulses, especially peas which are early to harvest, are short rotation crops which helps in terms of cash flow, he adds. “Over…
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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...