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Tuatara Forage Plantain

Tuatara Forage Plantain is a new forage herb developed in New Zealand, and used for summer and autumn grazing where early plant growth can be utilised. Tuatara performs extceptionally well in drier conditions through it deep rooting system. Plantains are high in essential minerals and can be used by rotational grazing or mixed with other

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Widening the gap in heading dates pays off

There’s nothing ‘usual’ or typically’ when it comes to grass growth and cutting dates in some parts of the country if the past few years are anything to go by. We’re seeing more volatility in weather patterns and we’re warned that this is a sign of things to come. So, say two leading grassland specialists,

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LG Antigua

LG Antigua has the highest gross output on the AHDB Candidate List 2020/21. LG Antigua winter oilseed rape has a comprehensive agronomic traits package. It combines TuYV, pod shatter resistance and good disease resistance, with excellent plant vigour characteristics, in both the autumn and spring. The variety is medium to flower offering protection from late frosts

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Fodder crop menu for finishing lambs

What choices are there for sheep producers who want to mitigate the risk of a grass shortage and have a fresh high feed value forage to hand when finishing lambs later this year? According to Limagrain’s Martin Titley, there are plenty of options. And not only do they offer a low-cost forage option, but they

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BTS 1915 tops the 2021 BBRO Recommended List with a huge step-up in yields

Yielding a massive 5% more than any other variety on the 2021 BBRO Recommended List, BTS 1915 leads the pack, with an adjusted tonne yield of 108.1% and a high sugar content of 17.7%. Bred by Betaseed and marketed by Limagrain UK, BTS 1915 leads the Recommended List by a considerable amount – 5% over any

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Technology Key to Reducing Maize Risk

“The 2019 growing season was a good example of the potential risks faced by maize growers,” he comments. “Where harvest was delayed, the quality of the resultant feed was reduced, while in some cases crops were never harvested at all. In addition, many successor crops were not drilled, affecting rotations and leaving stubbles over-winter. “In

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Are bird repellent seed dressings the only option?

Bird damage can be an issue for some maize growers leading to virtually all maize seed being sold treated with a maize repellent, primarily Mesurol (methiocarb) which has now been withdrawn with only limited Mesurol-treated seed available for 2020 drilling. But according to Richard Camplin, Technical Manager with LG Seeds, bird repellents may have become

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Fodder beet gives cows a high energy treat

For six months of the year the Derbyshire-based Hollyhurst Holstein herd tucks into fodder beet as part of their ration. It’s a firm favourite among his 200 cows, and it’s a feed that producer John Chamberlain rates highly. Fodder beet has been part of the ration for the past six years on this dairy unit

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New Arable Marketing Manager for Limagrain UK

From a farming background, and holding a degree in microbiology from Sheffield University, Mr Charlton brings a wealth of experience to the position, having held roles within the commercial agriculture team at British Sugar and latterly as campaign manager for Bayer’s combinable fungicide portfolio. Mr Charlton is delighted to be joining the Limagrain UK team

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Conservation crops provide key focus in new Limagrain publication

Available online or in print, the LG Conservation and Gamecover Crops brochure assigns each of its 17 sowing options – from beetle banks to wild bird food and crops for pollinators – to the particular Countryside Stewardship options that it is suited to, and lists its particular environmental benefits. All options, apart from the EFA fallow

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Primed seed boosts fodder beet establishment

The seed has been primed using the Germ’activ system that encourages faster germination and crop establishment. “Fodder beet is at its most vulnerable when seedlings are in their early growth stage and can be affected by pest and disease damage,” says Limagrain’s forage crop director Martin Titley. “The aim is to get the crop to

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Limagrain UK employee powers her way to glory!

Robyn’s day job may well consist of advising and supporting Limagrain UK’s large amenity customer base but when the clock hits five o’clock, she steps into her other role as the Amateur British Powerlifting World Champion. It all started four years ago when she joined her local gym to lose weight, meet new people and

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Limagrain’s Colour Splash has the feel-good factor in Ealing

  The London Borough of Ealing is one of the 32 London Boroughs and is the third largest in population. Ealing has long been known as the “Queen of the Suburbs” due to its many parks and tree-lined streets and this is reflected by the tree emblem seen on the Ealing Council logo. Ealing continues

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Make time for a grassland stocktake

Many silage clamps are still well stocked this spring, after 2019’s bumper grass crop. This presents producers with a rare opportunity when it comes to improving the quality and productivity of their grass leys. “Producers might be tempted, because they still have plenty of silage in the clamp, to skip reseeding a proportion of their

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Claim your Free Soil Thermometer

There are two crucial factors to ensure a successful and productive maize crop: 1)      Choose the right variety that will mature in your location and situation 2)      Sow at the right time when soil temperatures have consistently reached 8-10 °C By using our LG Heat Map Tool developed in conjunction with The Met Office, you can discover the average

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Come rain or shine…fodder beet comes up with the goods

Limagrain’s annual fodder beet trial results demonstrate the consistency of the crop in yield and feed value. “Fodder beet is sown any time from March to April, and harvested from October,” says Limagrain’s Martin Titley. “So it was subject to the dry summer of 2018, and the exceptionally wet conditions experienced in many parts of

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Summer Harvest Assistant – Woolpit

Location The UK Wheat breeding station is located at Woolpit near Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk and is involved in the UK’s biggest wheat breeding programme, whose recent successful introductions include Crusoe, LG Spotlight and LG Skyscraper.   Duties To assist the teams with harvest and sowing, working alongside both permanent and temporary staff, activities vary

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Summer Harvest Assistant – Rothwell

Location The UK Barley and Oilseed Rape breeding station is located at Rothwell near Caistor, Market Rasen and is involved in the selection, testing and seed production of cereal and pulse varieties for the UK and European markets. As the area is not served well by public transport your own transport would be essential.  

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New high energy fodder beets introduced for 2020

Limagrain UK has introduced the new fodder beet variety Ribambelle this year. A triploid beet with red skin, and already used extensively in France, Ribambelle ranks highly among fodder beet varieties for its high energy and medium dry matter content. Field trial results show that this new variety has an average dry matter of 16%,

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Latest Edition of Gatepost Available Now!

    Our Arable Technical Manager Ron Granger heads up the latest edition of our Gatepost. He comments on the remarkable comeback crop of Aspire oilseed rape on Tim Lamyman’s farm. After a very slow start, it ended up producing a gross output of 6.5t/ha – read the full article to see what happened. In

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Spring Barley Agronomy

The shortfall in winter sowings this season means spring barley will be the major crop of consideration in many situations. Provisional Defra forecast for spring barley sowings for 2020 are that the crop will rise by 28% compared to 2019, which is a huge rise, and many will be growing spring barley after a long

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Continued investment in Pulses sees two exciting additions to the 2020/21 PGRO Recommended List

The large blue pea LG Aviator joins the Recommended List with a yield of 99% over control; higher yielding than market stalwart, Prophet. LG Aviator has excellent tolerance to downy mildew, with a rating of 7, and is resistant to powdery mildew. It’s early and has good ratings for standing ability and straw length (rated

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Breeders Perspective Q&A

What is Turnip Yellows Virus? Turnip Yellows Virus or TuYV is a virus that belongs to the Luteoviridae family, which includes other common viruses such as barley yellow dwarf, and potato leafroll. TuYV has a wide range of hosts, including crop species (brassica vegetables, pulses etc.) and common weeds (shepherd’s purse, cleaver, thistle etc.) What

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