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Sugar Beet varieties to fit a range of situations

Bolting resistance is key for sugar beet grower, Andy Cooper of North Norfolk and last campaign he turned to Betaseed’s BTS 3325, for early drilling. Managing 730ha of tenanted land on the Sandringham Estate, north east of Kings Lynn, Mr Cooper typically grows three varieties across his 160ha beet area in early, mid and late-drilled

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On-farm thoughts from Rob Atkin of Field Farm, Field, Uttoxeter

“We have grown beans since 2010, and have alternated between springs and winters depending on the rotation. However, with the opportunity to grow for Frontier’s processing plant which is fairly local, it made sense to opt back into spring beans.” “As an alternative break crop, they have a valuable place in the rotation and if

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Late drilling window still open – but correct variety choice is crucial to success

“Delayed or late drilling of winter wheat, considered to occur from mid-October onwards, is common practice on farms today. However, as autumn progresses and soils inevitably become cooler and wetter, it is important to make a distinction by choosing varieties that will cope well rather than be challenged by the situation,” he says. “Get it

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Breeders Perspective Q&A – Paul Fenwick on Yellow Rust

Why can I see early yellow rust when the variety’s AHDB rating is high? Wheat yellow rust resistance ratings on the AHDB Recommended List for cereals are based on assessments of the performance of varieties at the adult plant stage. The 1-9 scale, where a high figure shows high resistance, isn’t a guide to likely

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All systems go for spring barley; LG Diablo

This spring saw malting barley; LG Diablo, receive Full Approval for malt distilling use by the Malting Barley Committee, and it has also been moved to Provisional Approval 2 for brewing. This makes LG Diablo the highest yielding spring barley variety on the AHDB Recommended List with Full Approval for malt distilling. “Based on its

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Harvest Heroes – Soft feed wheats challenge the dominant hard feed market

Back in the spring, Limagrain UK’s arable technical manager Ron Granger challenged the perception that hard feed wheats have higher yields and quality over soft wheats. How right he was to make this challenge; this year’s AHDB harvest results* confirm that soft wheats; LG Skyscraper and LG Spotlight sit at the very top of the

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Tax Strategy

Limagrain Tax Strategy:   The flowing paragraph is published in accordance with the provisions contained in Schedule 19 part 1 and 2 of the UK Finance Act 2016 and sets out Limagrain approach to conducting its tax affairs and dealing with tax risks in the U.K for the year ending 30 June 2019.   Limagrain

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Crusoe shows its true character

Seven years later and Crusoe has had one of its best performing seasons sitting at the top of the AHDB Recommended List 2019 harvest results *for fully recommended Group 1’s with a yield of 11.49t/ha at 99% over control, 3% over Skyfall at 11.11t/ha and 1% over KWS Zyatt on 11.31 t/ha. “This really shows

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Cereal Product Manager – Rothwell

Who are Limagrain? Limagrain are a leading global plant breeding and seed company. The company breeds and markets a wide range of agriculture crops and seeds for the UK market under the established LG brand. Learn more about us here   The Role We are currently seeking a Cereal Product Manager to join our team, based

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MM60 Superior for Stoke City FC

From apprentice to grounds manager, Andy Jackson has been at Stoke City FC throughout his entire career. Arguably there is not one person who knows the stadium and training ground better and there is certainly no-one better placed to know what the pitches need in order to thrive. “We like to think of the pitches

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World record pea yields – for the second time!

A crop of LG Stallion blue peas has yielded a record 7.48 t/ha at 15.04% moisture. The last world record set back in 2017 was also held a crop of LG Stallion which yielded 6.47 t/ha at an average of 15.35% moisture. Harvested on Saturday 7th September at Worlaby Farm in Lincolnshire, grower Tim Lamyman

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Limagrain Variety Trials 2019

Please see below the H19 trial results from the LG Seeds Winter Wheat Variety Trial in Perth. (Andy’s farm which we visit each year). The data can be seen below. As you can see, our two new varieties LG Spotlight and LG Skyscraper are top of the trials against all the commercial varieties. It is

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Prospect delivers on all fronts

In its first year on the BSPB/NIAB Descriptive Lists, Prospect is the first choice variety on both the Less Favourable and Favourable lists delivering exceptional performance across all the major attributes. “Prospect represents the Holy Grail of maize breeding being the first early variety to produce such high feed quality, making it the perfect variety

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Top yields despite highest ever levels of TuYV

Annual monitoring of Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV) infection in the UK’s oilseed rape crop has shown that 84% of non-TuYV resistant crops were infected in early spring 2019 – the highest level ever recorded. However despite this, TuYV resistant varieties; Aspire, Aurelia and Ambassador, have recorded some of the highest yields in independent trials. Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV)

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Time harvest for optimum maize quality

“Maize should be harvested when the crop combines maximum starch content with only limited leaf die back so maintaining high digestibility in the vegetative part of the plant,” he comments.  “At the same time the crop must have sufficient moisture to allow effective consolidation in the clamp.  Harvesting a crop too soon will result in

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Aspirational performance despite a tough start

Drilling his crop of winter oilseed rape on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year with 30mph winds and at a lower than normal seed rate, Tim Lamyman believed his crop of Aspire OSR would never reach its full potential.. However the crop has surprised everyone  – producing an unbelievable gross

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Limagrain MM stands the test of time at Glamorgan County Cricket Club

Sophia Gardens Cardiff, a 16,000-seater stadium, is the home of Glamorgan Cricket and an established venue for international cricket. In an average season, the venue will host four day championship games, T20 games, international and domestic fixtures and a mixture of local and corporate games. Robin estimates that there are approximately between 45-50 days of

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Winter Oilseed Rape Insights

For growers looking to make a real difference to their costs of production, choosing a fully loaded, high-yielding variety is the best way to mitigate seasonal variability. Limagrain has been at the forefront of stacking traits, such as; TuYV resistance, pod shatter resistance and the RLM7 phoma resistance gene, making varieties more resilient to environmental

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Winter Wheat Insights

Choosing the right variety for a particular situation on farm is one of the biggest decisions that a grower will make. As breeders, Limagrain UK carries out extensive trials, pulling apart varieties to really understand how they perform in a wide range of situations, across very different seasons. We offer an in-depth insight into how

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BYDV tolerance proves its worth

One of the first crops of the six row BYDV tolerant winter barley, Rafaela, has been harvested in Cornwall with very pleasing results. The 6 ha field, that followed spring oats, was harvested on the 9th July at 4.50pm at Howton Farm in Saltash, Cornwall and yielded 8.15t/ha with a specific weight of 66kg/hl. Grower, John

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Now’s the time to take a break

Sowing a high feed value forage crop and taking a ‘cereal break’ is a win-win for mixed arable and livestock units. Give the arable crop rotation a break and sow a forage crop this autumn. This is the advice from Limagrain’s Martin Titley, who says that better weed control and boosting home-grown feed supplies are

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Quacking the case!

Unsure of what they were, we asked our resident bird expert and Grass Seed Manager, Ian Misselbrook, if he could try to identify them? Ian came back in no time… “I can’t be sure as little chicks like that tend to look similar but going by the nest, it is too neat and well-constructed to

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Sam Horner joins Limagrain UK

Sam has been involved in the sports turf industry for over twenty years and brings with him a wealth of experience. It all started at his beloved Gloucester Rugby Club where he first became familiar with sports turf maintenance. He then went on to study sports turf at college and after graduating he landed a job

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