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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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...