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Switch to maize helps boost milk quality

Jonathan Evans is the third generation of the family to milk cows at Berry Hill Farm, near Newport in Pembrokeshire, where he farms with his grandparents Hayden and Dilys, his father Mark and Uncle, Colin. The farm is 154ha of owned and rented land, right on the coast. They run a herd of 220 all

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Investment in high tech breeding brings increases in pulse crop yields

One of the key aims of the pulse breeding programme is to provide attractive varieties, so growers are well placed to take advantage of the premiums available in specialist pulse markets, explains pulse breeder Will Pillinger. “These opportunities are available as a result of a growing awareness of the opportunity to address a plant protein

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LG Diablo delivers for Northern distillers

That is the view of Bairds Malt commercial director, Eddie Douglas, who has been impressed with the variety’s consistent quality and good yield potential, even when it is grown further north in the UK. “We were initially wary of LG Diablo’s slightly later maturity, so in the first year, limited our area to the Lothians

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The Role: We are currently seeking a Full-Time, OSR Hybrid Breeder for the UK program. You will develop new parental lines and the respective hybrids for the UK and the European market with a focus on the Maritime area (UK / Denmark). Moreover, you evolve and implement the breeding strategy for this market together with

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Could increased maize acreage help drive forage productivity?

“We are seeing higher prices for all feed commodities,” comments Tim Richmond, Limagrain Field Seeds Maize Manager UK & Ireland. “This is putting pressure on margins, especially as the difficult silaging season in 2021 means many grass silages are lower than average quality and will require higher levels of supplementation. “At the same time, dairy

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Maize can help counter price pressures

While there are some encouraging signs about positive movements in milk prices, global factors are continuing to put pressure on prices of some of the most important inputs on dairy farms, including purchased feed, fertiliser and diesel. The challenge for dairy farmers is to limit the impact of price increases where possible, to help maintain

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LG Viper

LG Viper is an exceptionally high yielding spring bean variety from Limagrain UK. Suitable for human consumption, fish feed and animal protein markets, it has the best available agronomic package. With excellent rust resistance and high standing power, LG is an exciting new variety.

LG Typhoon – Flying onto the Recommended List

LG Typhoon offers UK growers the package that they have been asking for in a hard wheat; a clean, consistent and resilient variety, with a solid all-round disease package and OWBM resistance. It has shown excellent consistency of performance, yielding 102% across very differing climatic seasons and across the varying regions of the UK. Yield

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Treble success on the PGRO Descriptive List for Limagrain beans & peas

• After another strong year, spring bean LG Raptor moves from its P2 rating to fully join the PGRO DL offering high yields, excellent vigour and agronomics • A second spring bean, LG Viper also fully joins the DL from Limagrain, offering a class-leading disease package • Blue pea LG Aviator also moves from a

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Rapid establishment and vigorous growth right from the start, quality and performance assured. LG31.207 has rapid establishment and superb early vigour! It also boasts excellent cell wall digestibility for improved feed performance and has exceptionally high dry matter yields.

The Limagrain Plant Breeding Hub at Croptec 2021

Already shaping up to be a great two days, the show is a must-attend for anyone looking to make their farm business more efficient, productive, and ultimately more profitable. With a carefully curated roster of talks, from a diverse range of speakers, we’re offering a platform to industry professionals, whose experience lays at the forefront

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Politics meets Plant Breeding

On Friday 5th November, politics and plant breeding came together as Jo Churchill – MP for Bury St Edmunds, who is also Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Agri-Innovation and Climate Adaptation within DEFRA, visited Limagrain UK’s wheat breeding centre at Woolpit, Suffolk. Limagrain is a fast growing farmer owned international co-operative group,

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Time to consider growing maize?

Maize was often seen as a challenging crop to grow due to the late harvest. However, with new earlier maturing varieties, the crop can fit well into arable rotations, allowing successor crops to be drilled in good conditions and in good time. While not a full alternative to oilseed rape, which will usually provide a

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Spring-sown fodder crops meet the challenges

A dry autumn and limited grass growth, coupled with high bought-in feed prices, are making dairy producers consider how best they can increase output from their forage-growing area. Limagrain UK’s John Spence suggests throwing the net a bit wider and looking at some high-feed-value spring-sown crops. “These include kale rape hybrids, new bounce-back brassicas, and

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Look behind the Septoria headlines

“It’s very easy to panic and group all the varieties with Cougar parentage into the same risk level – but this is not the case – and growers should take the time to really understand the risks to individual varieties,” he says. “Parentage is a good indicator, however varieties do not inherit all the traits

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Saxon has improved cell wall digestibility with good starch content that produces quality maize silage. An LGAN accredited variety.

Seed Production Technician Vacancy – Woolpit

Limagrain is a leading global plant breeding and seed company. We breed and market agricultural seeds for farmers for the UK market under the established LG brand. The Role: We are currently seeking a Full-Time Seed Production Technician to join our Seed Production Team based in Woolpit, Suffolk. The successful candidate will assist with a

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LG Skyscraper – the variety of choice for the later drilling scenario

Delayed or late drilling of winter wheat, considered to be from mid-October onwards, is now common practice on farms today particularly for black-grass management, in a second wheat situation and for those who are drilling wheat after sugar beet or potatoes. However, late drilling presents a unique set of challenges to the crop points out

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Don’t be seduced by the looks

The combination of a disrupted drilling season, resulting in many later established crops and a cool month for much of August, means maize crops are maturing at different rates and Mr Richmond stresses the need to assess crops closely. “Just because crops look good in the field does not mean they are ready to harvest,”

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Moisture creates opportunity for late drilled oilseed rape

Difficulties in harvesting this year have meant many growers have been unable to clear land as early as they would have liked, and many may be concerned that they have missed out on drilling oilseed rape as a break crop.   However, Mr Wilkinson recommends growers refer to seedbed conditions rather than calendar dates, before

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OSR Shows remarkable powers of recovery

“It yielded half a tonne more than any other variety on the farm and based on this we will be using Aspire to replace our previous mainstays of Cabernet and Campus.” Growing oilseed rape is high risk as well as high reward, so we try to limit exposure as much as possible, says Tom. While

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Oilseed rape still brings black gold

This year’s crop included two conventionals – Acacia, Aardvark and hybrid Aurelia. Mr Craske has always grown conventionals and was originally sceptical about growing oilseed rape hybrids, but last year 50% of his crop was the hybrid Aurelia which we found it was vigorous and performed very well despite difficult conditions.” He went on to

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