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Northern harvest surprise

For Craig Norrie, farm manager at Banchory Farm, Kirkcaldy, of JM Cochran Ltd, one of his fields of Zulu winter wheat has yielded 16t/ha at 17.8% moisture, off what he describes as his most ‘awkward field’. “Whilst the crop has not been over a weighbridge, the local John Deere dealership has verified the yield,” he

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MM50 is ACE for Devonshire Park

Danny has been working with sports turf throughout his whole career and after initially entering the industry as a greenkeeper, eleven years ago he got the opportunity to work within the sport he claims to love. “I simply love tennis and I think it makes a difference. If you understand what the end use is,

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New world record for combined peas set in Lincs

Mr Lamyman has set a new world record yield for combining peas of 6.47 t/ha, at an average of 15.35% moisture with his 8.23ha crop of LG Stallion, large blue peas. The last world record for combined peas in Europe was 5.21 t/ha from a crop in Ireland. Harvested on the 25th August, the crop

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Berkhamsted School bowled over by MM50

Berkhamsted School’s illustrious history can be traced all the way back to 1541, when John Incent, Dean of St Paul’s, was granted a Licence by Henry VIII to found a school in his home town. Today, Berkhamsted School is one of Britain’s leading independent schools, offering both single sex (from age 11 – 16) and

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Hybrid Aquila delivers excellent results

 “Aquila was in the top yielders across all of the three trial sites in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Yorkshire, but did particularly well in Yorkshire with a gross output of 5.93. The oil content across all three trials was pretty consistent only ranging by 2% across sites, “says Lee Bennett, head of seeds with Openfield. High

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Hybrids are top yielders

Bred by Limagrain UK, both varieties have demonstrated the value of a range of OSR traits such as pod shatter resistance and TuYV resistance, as well as robust on-farm agronomics which act to protect yields from environmental and crop management factors – and these seem to have played a crucial role in securing the excellent

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Look beyond headline yield figures, advises LG

It’s important to look behind the headline yield figures and fully understand the robustness and consistency of the data to ensure on-farm performance, urges Ron Granger, arable technical manager with Limagrain UK. It’s the consistency of a varieties performance over differing seasons that is key, and one that he encourages growers to understand better, rather

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Security and consistency of yield key to profit

It’s the consistency of a varieties performance over differing seasons that is key, and one that he encourages growers to understand better, rather than just going for the top-line yield. “It’s all about choosing the genetics that will support your given farm situation and chosen market.” “Generally, we are seeing a swing towards more robust

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Early OSR variety, Archimedes proves its value

“It’s a valuable trait, not just in maintaining yields, but pod shatter resistance also gives growers flexibility during harvest by extending the period that the crop can hold on in the field. It is also a valuable tool for reducing the number of oilseed rape volunteers in the following crop.” Graph on flexibility of harvest

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Award for UK Winter Wheat Breeding Programme

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland has announced the 2017 winners of the Technical Innovations Awards, with two golds, four silvers and two certificates of commendation being awarded. Limagrain UK Ltd, which is part of Group Limagrain, is the second company to be given a silver award, with their UK Winter Wheat Breeding

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Best barley yields ever!

Mr Papworth is delighted with his 21.3 ha crop of California winter barley which came in at just over 11t/ha, 14.7% moisture and specific weight of 65.7, which was harvested on the 5th July. Drilled on the 20th September at Sco Ruston near, Coltishall, the crop had established well as it followed beans so had access to

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Bridging the maize gap

Maize is a staple forage crop, but it’s only in the ground for five or six months, typically leaving the land fallow over winter. This is neither environmentally friendly or profitable. But there is a solution that is good for the soil and can boost forage stocks – a cover crop – as one Staffordshire

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Consider varietal maturity to spread wheat harvest risks

Depending on where you are in the UK, maturity plays differing roles in rotational management according to Scottish Rural College’s cereal variety expert Steve Hoad. He says that in the south and east, growers may use late maturity to chase extra yield, while in the west and north early varieties help to avoid poor harvest

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New Distributor for Sinclair McGill Grass Seed Mixtures in Scotland

These mixtures, along with technical advice and services, will now be available throughout Scotland, extending and complementing the existing supplier in south western Scotland through Lanarkshire-based L S Smellie. “The agreement with Agrovista in Scotland means we can offer a distribution network   throughout Scotland,” says Ian Misselbrook, grass seed manager for Limagrain. “Agrovista, with its

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Early OSR variety proves its worth

Sprayed off on the 5th July and then harvested 19 days later on the 25th July, the crop is one of the highest yielding in the last 5-6 years at 4.8t/ha and under 10% moisture. “We just have the one field of OSR on the farm, and this was drilled on the 10th August and

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Limagrain’s MM range is rapid at King’s Bruton

In 1519, three eminent people born in Bruton, Richard Fitzjames – Bishop of London, Sir John Fitzjames, later to become Chief Justice of the King’s Bench, and Dr John Edmundes – Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, established a new school in the town. Nearly five hundred years later, and still on the same site, the

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Online support for UK OSR growers

Visit Limagrain’s newly revamped TuYV website www.tuyv.co.uk which provides growers and agronomists with the latest information, news and expert opinion on the threat from TuYV and possible solutions for next season’s crop. “Covering all you need to know about TuYV from recognizing the symptoms of the disease TuYV, how it impacts yields, to solutions such as

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Post harvest options – Food for thought

“Stubble turnips, forage rape and rape/ kale hybrids can be sown up until the end of August,” says Limagrain UK’s Martin Titley. “They’re quick to establish and some varieties can be ready for grazing within 12 weeks of sowing. Hardier varieties can be left for grazing over winter. Rape/kale hybrids like Interval is an example

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Forage Crops Field Technician

The successful candidate will report to the Forage and Amenity Technical Manager to help deliver high quality Forage and Amenity trials and will have a sound knowledge about the operation and maintenance of a range of agricultural machinery. Candidates will have an interest in crop husbandry and a high level of accuracy is required to

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Chicory and plantain fight the drought

“Forage plantain and chicory are popular in New Zealand, both as straight crops and in grazing mixtures,” says Sinclair McGill’s grass seed manager Ian Misselbrook. “Many UK producers could take advantage of these ‘hidden gems’ that can extend the grazing season, improve the supply of minerals and trace elements, and boost live weight gains when

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Strong growth habit dictates OSR success

In light of the pressures on OSR at the start of the season from cabbage stem flea beetle, black-grass and slugs, an OSR variety that has a good strong growth habit in the autumn gets a head start, there’s no question about it, he says. “If OSR doesn’t grow you can’t do anything with it,

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High yielding, early to harvest wheat variety bucks the trend

LG Motown is a top-yielding soft wheat which meets the needs of the distilling market, and bucks the trend of early maturing varieties producing lower yields so, unlike other high yielding wheats, LG Motown doesn’t rely on having a longer grain fill period to build high yields. This is particularly exciting news for growers who

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Quality grass seed mixtures make all the difference

“Farmers are right to tap into contractors’ knowledge,” says Limagrain UK’s John Spence. “They know what grows well in the area and what doesn’t, and they know what their customer is looking for.” But keeping up to date with new and more productive mixtures is no mean feat. “We have more information on the agronomy

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