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Six winter cereal varieties to excite northern growers

Grain distilling, biscuit making and animal feed are the key end uses for wheat in northern Britain, so soft wheats often dominate drilling plans and three candidates from Limagrain are sparking interest from the seed trade. With a current treated yield of 109%, the first is LG Skyscraper, which is predicted to achieve full recommendation

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Peas prove their worth for a second year running in Lincolnshire

Based on the success of last year’s yields, Mr Lamyman opted to grow the variety again as LG Stallion remains one of the highest yielding large blue peas on the PGRO Recommended List, showing a 2% yield advantage over Prophet and 9% ahead of Campus, combined with good standing. The peas follow a second wheat

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Come visit the LG Seeds team at UK Dairy Day 2018

The UK Dairy Day event is very much one to look forward to on the Dairy calendar. Having attracted over 8000 visitors and hosting over 300 exhibitors previously, it is one of the largest and most anticipated trade events for the dairy industry. Join the LG Seeds team on stand H120, to check out the

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Limagrain is a ‘proven package’ for The Posh

Rob has admitted that he is currently ‘living the dream’. As a lifelong Peterborough United fan, not only is he working for the club that he loves but he is also doing a job that he loves. After starting his career working for Huntingdon District Council he accepted the head groundsman position at One Leisure

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Vitaro

Vitaro mustard has been specifically bred to have a high level of nematode resistance. It has a leafy growth habit and can be easily incorporated into the soil. Vitaro can produce a tap root of up to 1.5 metres in length which can help reduce compaction and improve drainage. Vitaro also exhibits late flowering and

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Sky high yields in the Lincolnshire Wolds

“In what has been a really challenging season to get yields like this from a variety the first time we have grown it is tremendous. It’s one of the boldest samples I have seen in a wheat since we grew Oakley back in 2008 producing a specific weight of 84.” Mr Lamyman chose to grow

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Start walking maize now for quality forage

With maize harvest looking to be at least two weeks earlier in many parts of the country he says it is important to focus on harvesting their maize in optimum conditions. Mr Richmond says there are two main reasons why the maize harvest should be significantly earlier this year. The first is the season where,

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Mezzo Lucerne

Mezzo Lucerne is an exceptionally high yielding Lucerne variety, brand new to the UK market. Mezzo has consistently outperformed the competition in French national trials for the last 3 years, producing record breaking levels of protein per hectare. A dormancy rating of 3.6 means that Mezzo can be considered for more northerly areas of the UK

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New! EMERGENCY FORAGE grass mixture

Many farmers started the season with empty silage clamps and although the silage maize harvest is likely to be much earlier than usual, farmers may be looking for other solutions to their shortage of forage. To this end we’ve formulated a new “Emergency Forage” grass mixture, which is detailed below, along with some other forage options available

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Marshal Lucerne

Marshal Lucerne has been successfully grown in the UK for many years. First appearing on the England and Wales Recommend Grass and Clover List (RGCL) in 2003, Marshal has continued to be a popular choice for growers due to consistent high yields and feed quality. A dormancy rating of 4.3 gives it the ideal balance

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How to optimise establishment for top oilseed rape yields

Since the withdrawal of neonicotinoid seed dressings, rapeseed producers have been solely reliant on pyrethroid insecticide applications to control the pest. However, resistance to pyrethroids is making chemical control unreliable, so growers are manipulating drill date to avoid peak adult beetle migration and using higher seed rates to dilute feeding damage and ensure adequate plants

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Colour Splash wows members at Burnham Beeches

Situated in the Thames Valley in South Buckinghamshire, Burnham Beeches measures 6,458 yards, has a Par 70 and offers a true and challenging test of golf. Founded in 1891, it is the oldest club in Buckinghamshire after it was founded by a group of locals who called a public meeting in the village school. Over

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Milling wheat helps manage risk with consistent performance

After six years on the Recommended List, Group 1 bread maker Crusoe still fits these criteria, producing high yields and is snapped up by millers for its top bread making qualities. For CCC Agronomy and AICC crop consultant Peter Cowlrick, who walks crops across Sussex and Hampshire, that is why Crusoe still makes up a

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Don’t let seed quality let you down

Limagrain grass seed manger Ian Misselbrook encourages contractors to make sure that they are using good quality clover and grass seed mixtures, and preferably seed that has been tested and treated to promote rapid establishment and reduced weed infestation. “Contractors can be doing a great job of preparing a fine seedbed and ensure good sowing

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TAKE A BREAK!

The word ‘rotation’ is coming more into the fore on many arable units. And this isn’t assumed nowadays to be a cereal rotation, but one that can include grass and forage crops, especially on mixed farms with sheep flocks, finishing lamb or cattle enterprises. “Some arable producers might go as far as introducing livestock –

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Strong early vigour sees conventional OSR variety find favour in Angus

For one Central Angus grower, however, that debate has now been put to bed and he is now growing all conventional after one open-pollinated variety showed its mettle in a tough Autumn. James Hopkinson manages about 1000ha of cropping under the umbrella of Arable Ventures, a Joint venture (JV) set up in 2014 between two

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High cell wall digestibility – The must have for AD productivity

Tim Richmond, Maize Product Manager for Limagrain UK says that originally the maize for AD market was dominated by very late maturing, high yielding but generally lower quality varieties, but growers are becoming more interested in the attributes of the varieties grown such as dry matter and energy content and their ability to produce more

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Breeders Perspective Q&A

We haven’t heard very much about Orange Wheat Blossom Midge (OWBM) in recent years, is it a threat that has gone away? The threat certainly hasn’t gone away. We feel that OWBM is a potential ticking time-bomb. The widespread use of resistant varieties in the past has perhaps reduced the threat but with less than

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Early sowing pays off for stubble turnips

In a Limagrain field trial, on its innovation site in Lincolnshire, three crops of Samson stubble turnips were sown at two-week intervals from July 28, 2017. Fertiliser was applied at 35kg of nitrogen per hectare, in the form of 20:10:10, into the seedbed. Crops were harvested by hand in mid-December and weighed. “The results showed

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Alasco

Alasco is an exciting clubroot resistant variety that offers very high, stable seed yields; significantly greater than Archimedes or Mentor. It also has a very high gross output. Alasco has an excellent disease resistance profile combined with the valuable trait of pod shatter resistance. Clubroot resistant varieties are resistant to the clubroot pathogen. Once receptors

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New forage rape ‘Rampart’ proves a talking point post-cereals

Introduced commercially in 2018 by Limagrain UK, this new generation of forage rape has been bred for its flexibility and feed quality. “Rampart is especially valuable as a forage crop for cereal producers as it can be sown post-harvest and it is ready for grazing – by sheep or cattle – from October to February,”

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LG Sabertooth

LG Sabertooth is a very high yielding soft feed winter wheat, with official testing suggesting that the variety also meets the specification for the distilling market. That variety has a good disease resistance profile combined with good agronomic features such as orange wheat blossom midge resistance.

LG Spotlight

LG Spotlight is a very high yielding, soft feed wheat, offering growers a strong agronomic package of disease resistance combined with stiff straw and excellent grain quality. The variety has a very good specific weight, comparable with the best varieties on the AHDB Recommended List. LG Spotlight also has a very high Hagberg Falling Number;

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