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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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Oilseed Product Manager

Limagrain UK is the local agricultural seeds operating company of Group Limagrain, the largest plant breeder and seed development company in Europe. We breed and market agricultural seeds and amenity grass seeds for the UK market under the established brand LG. Offering the UK’s strongest and widest offer of agricultural and amenity seeds, Limagrain has

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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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Limagrain appoints new oilseed rape breeder

Dr. Mitrousia takes on the mantle of heading up Limagrain’s highly successful oilseed rape breeding programme from Dr. Vasilis Gegas, who is now overseeing the whole of Limagrain’s European oilseed rape portfolio. As the only UK-focussed oilseed rape breeding programme, Limagrain has been highly successful in being the first plant breeder to introduce high yielding

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Last Call for Sowing New High Yielding Forage Kales

  “It’s the second season in the UK for Bombardier and it was highly successful in trials and on farm in 2018,” he says. “Sown up to mid-July, it survived in dry conditions and provided a high feed value grazing crop in autumn through to the end of January.” Results from Limagrain’s innovation site in

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BYDV tolerant barley is a top performer

In the absence of neonicotinoid seed treatments, this autumn, growers will be looking for different management strategies to contain the barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV). Whilst all cereals and grasses are affected, the biggest impact will be on barley. Symptoms are bright yellow leaves, which develop into large areas of yellowing and stunted plants. To

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Who are LG Seeds?

LG Seeds are a part of Limagrain, an International agricultural cooperative group. We are the 4th largest global seed company. The business operates in many markets including: Research and Development Production Distribution Limagrain operate in more than 50 countries worldwide across 21 subsidiaries and are proud to have developed a multi-crop portfolio based on a

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Full steam ahead for LG Diablo

This makes LG Diablo the highest yielding spring barley variety on the AHDB Recommended List with full approval for malt distilling. Based on its move to provisional approval 2 for brewing, if full approval for brewing is also obtained next year, LG Diablo will be the highest yielding dual-use spring barley, says Matt Shand, UK

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MM proves its worth at Shrewsbury School

Set on the banks of the River Severn, Shrewsbury School is one of the country’s leading co-educational independent schools for 13-18-year-olds and attracts boys and girls from all over the country. Academic excellence aside, the school prides itself on a strong sporting ethos and boasts some of the finest teams in UK education. The main

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Winter barleys make their debut

LG Flynn and LG Mountain offer growers two high yielding 2-row feed winter barley varieties, with differing desirable agronomic characteristics.   For growers looking to make the most of the opportunities offered by winter barleys, there are two new varieties available this autumn, from the very successful Limagrain UK barley breeding programme, that launched ‘California’

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See you at The Cereals Event 2019?

We’d love you to join us on the LG stand 506 at the Cereals Event 2019 in Lincolnshire, for your opportunity to see some of the top varieties on the AHDB Recommended List. You can explore plots of our exciting varieties of cereals, pulses and oilseeds as well as a wide array of environmental mixture plots. LG

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Breeders Perspective | Q&A

Q. What is BYDV and what are its effects on winter barley? Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) is an infection transferred by aphids which causes yellowing of plants. The symptoms are seen in the spring, when the leaf tip starts to turn yellow, gradually spreading to the base of the plant. Infected plants may be

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New feed wheats prompt re-evaluation of variety selection

Five years ago, barn-filling hard Group 4 wheat’s dominated cropping plans, but weak disease resistance, late maturity, and unflattering grain quality saw disillusioned growers move away from the likes of KWS Santiago, KWS Kielder, and Evolution. There was a swing to quality wheats such as Crusoe and Skyfall, which at the time offered better disease

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MM keeps standards high at Cheltenham College

Christian Brain, head of grounds at Cheltenham College, believes that Limagrain UK’s range of MM grass seed mixtures has helped him to maintain the high standard of pitches expected by the prestigious school. Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham College is a leading independent boarding school which dates back to 1841. Well known

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The Sweetest Thing

May edition of GatePost

Inside you’ll find; on-farm thoughts from some of our farmer partners around the country as well as a Breeders Perspective Q&A by Senior Barley Breeder, Mark Glew. Also in this month’s issue, Ron Granger, Arable Technical Manager, discusses how new feed wheat varieties prompt the need for re-evaluation of variety selection. Martin Titley, Director of

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