Verticillium and Lucerne


Arable Farmer
Reading about Lucerne as a living mulch, I had heard about issues with Verticillium in Lucerne when monocropped, particularly in the second year, is this soil type related or is the pressure somewhat allievated when its grown intercropped?
We grow lucerne as a forage crop for 5 years in the same place and have not had an issue. I think it comes in with the seed. Some varieties more resistant than others?
We wont go back to lucerne for 5 years in rotation.

Could a ‘Meat Tax’ be on the cards in the UK?

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The latest machination coming from the so-called ‘opinion formers’, who seem to have the ear of government advisors in London, is the introduction of a ‘Meat Tax’ at consumer level.

This approach, it is argued, would have the combined impact of reducing meat consumption levels (I can really see the health benefits coming through now), while also helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of production agriculture.

What absolute drivel! In my opinion, none of this makes sense at any level. This is a scurrilous and unfounded attack on livestock farming in this part of the world.

Yet, it has to be taken seriously. I make this point because economists at Rothamsted Research have already crunched the numbers where the introduction of a ‘UK...