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Kale shows its potential on Scottish units

He’s seen great success with overwintering cattle on Scottish units and, more recently, new varieties that have softer and more digestible stems have further improved the feed value and utilisation of the crop. “Poor stem quality has limited the feed value of forage kales in the past and could have accounted for between 60% and

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Limagrain UK expands sugar beet portfolio

BTS 5770 has one of the best disease resistance packages available along with high sugar content. BTS 3020 offers high yield and excellent bolting resistance as an earlier sowing option. “Sitting amongst the pack for highest yields (101.5%), BTS 5770 offers flexibility in drilling, showing excellent Early Sown Bolters (ESB) and Normal Sown Bolters (NSB)

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Limagrain Changes Fortune in Looe

“Hearing the great comments from members and visitors about how much the course has improved in the last few years has been fantastic – it has been a real highlight for me,” he said. With no experience Mat certainly has exceeded all expectations but last year he faced his biggest challenge yet. “The greens got

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Sheep deserve a good bite of grass!

“There’s a lot to be gained from giving sheep a good bite from a quality grass sward,” says Limagrain UK’s Forage Crops Product Manager, John Spence. “Both ewe and lamb performance will improve if there’s good grass of high feed value on offer through the season.” It’s well known that grass yield and feed value

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Adding value to grass

Livestock farmers can add significant value to their grass crops through reseeding and by using better quality mixtures. This added value comes in yield, feed value and, importantly, financial output. But it must be cost-effective. Reseeding costs and opting for high quality proven mixtures have to provide a favourable return on investment. Limagrain UK’s latest

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Beet the power!

“Yields are typically between 70 and 80 tonnes per hectare – and with new genetics can be up to 100 tonnes per hectare – with MEs typically between 13 and 13.5 megajoules per kilogramme of dry matter in good varieties,” says the company’s forage crops manager John Spence. “This level of energy competes with maize,”

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A tough fodder crop to beat

Fodder beet has been ‘around’ as monogerm seed since the mid-70s, but it’s far from ‘old-hat’ when it comes to its yield potential, reliability, and exceptional feed value in dairy diets. So says one Cornish dairy farmer, who relies on the feed value it delivers in his milking cow rations. When Alan Richard’s contractor gave

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How valuable is your grass?

Grass swards are at their most productive in their first year. Dry matter yield and energy content of the grass will then decline year-on-year. Good grassland management and the use of quality grass seed mixtures will promote output but, yields from a young sward will always out-perform older swards. Limagrain’s latest grass trial results have

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Grass ‘companion’ can make maize more ‘friendly’

Growing a crop like maize and leaving the field fallow for at least six months is like having an empty factory for half a year. And that’s before considering the environmental impact, from soil run off and the loss of nutrients from the soil, when maize fields are left fallow. “So combining maize with another

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Planning & Logistics Co-Ordinator – Witham St Hughs

Limagrain is a leading global plant breeding and seed company. We breed and market agricultural seeds for farmers and sports grass seeds for the UK market under the established brand LG. The Role: The candidate will coordinate, prepare and execute stock planning for multiple species as agreed (e.g. Forage, Oilseeds and Amenity products). They will

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Trials confirm LG Antigua offers valuable N-Flex trait

Varieties with the N-Flex trait have the ability to use nitrogen more efficiently. In the field, this means that varieties with the N Flex trait are better able to withstand delayed or sub-optimal nitrogen applications. This exciting discovery comes as a result of extensive trials over the last few seasons in Europe, by breeders Limagrain,

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Colour Splash Prize Draw

Let’s Brighten Up Summer 2021!   The Colour Splash range are 100% flower mixtures that tolerate a variety of soils and require no fertilizer or pesticides. The mixtures give a stunning visual impact creating interest for members of the public and also providing habitats for pollinators and insects. They can be used in a wide

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Latest Edition of Gatepost Available Now!

DOWNLOAD HERE In this month’s edition of GatePost, Arable Technical Manager Ron Granger and everyone here at LG, raises a glass to LG Diablo spring malting barley – to celebrate it gaining Full Approval for Brewing use, by the MBC! Read the full article here. Pulses Breeder Will Pillinger, tackles some frequently asked questions from

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LG Diablo’s Malting Marathon

In fact in its journey through the processing plant from the lorry through to its metamorphosis into malt, each barley grain travels almost the same distance as the height of Mount Snowdon (1,085m). Just through the processing section of its journey that single barley grain travels a distance equivalent to climbing The Shard! Eddie Douglas,

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Fodder beet has well-established roots on Shropshire dairy unit

He grazes between 100 to 120 dairy cattle, mainly in-calf heifers, from mid November until late March on the crop, that he feeds with grass silage. “The cattle thrive on it and they are especially healthy,” says Phil, who runs the 320-cow three way cross herd near Oswestry in partnership with his parents Roy and

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MM Coastal

100% Slender Creeping Red Fescue mixture for high salt tolerance on fairways, greens and tees. This mixture is treated with Headstart® GOLD

Best OSR Varieties for Yield

All of the top six highest yielding oilseed rape varieties on this year’s Recommended List (RL) are bred by Limagrain, reinforcing the success of its ‘trait loading’ approach, in providing UK growers with varieties that are robust and deliver consistently across seasons and regions. Two exciting new varieties join these top six on the RL

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A Quartet of New Biscuits

This strong breeding line continues with the introduction of four new Group 3 biscuit varieties for the 2021/22 AHDB Recommended List: LG Astronomer, LG Prince, LG Illuminate and LG Quasar. These new varieties offer an improvement in yield potential in the biscuit sector, combined with good agronomic attributes of stiff straw, good disease resistance ratings

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New fodder beet ‘in the pink’

Added to the National List in 2020, and marketed by Limagrain UK, this pink-skinned, conical-shaped beet combines a dry matter content of between 20% and 21% with a relatively high proportion of its root (40%) out of the ground, leaving only 60% in the ground. “This unique combination makes it one of the best fodder

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LG Raptor’s Excellent Yields & Early Maturity

Harvested on the 16th September, the crop yielded 7.1 t/ha with a moisture content of 14.5%. Reflecting on the growing season, Mr. Lamyman says: “We particularly noticed the high number of pods per plant, which was around 30. These pods were consistent in size, and this has obviously translated into yield.” “We were a bit

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Managing Risk Improves Maize Success

“Ensuring a high yield of an energy rich crop which matures quickly, to ensure harvesting in good conditions and to allow a successor crop to be established is the goal of modern maize production,” he comments. “With modern early maturing varieties, there is less of a trade-off between maturity date and yield so there is

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Oilseeds Canopy Management

This autumn’s favourable establishment conditions and relatively low incidence of CSFB, means there are some crops which more closely resemble kale than the struggling OSR crops we have seen in previous seasons. Our own rooting and canopy studies can confirm this, with crops in October already more advanced in terms of biomass than crops observed

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