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Think quality when harvesting maize

Mr Copestake says there is a larger hectarage of maize being grown on arable farms this year, mainly as farmers looked for a crop to spring sow following the disrupted autumn drilling season. “With winter cereal drillings down, maize fitted the bill in many areas allowing a spring crop which would allow a return to

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MM seed first-class at Oxford University

Oxford University – the world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Gifted men and women have studied or taught at the University throughout its great history. Among them are 28 British Prime Ministers, at least 30 international leaders and 55 Nobel Prize winners. Academic success aside, the

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First rape crop in 7 years sees highest yields ever for AHDB Monitor Farm

“These are the highest oilseed rape yields we have ever achieved, and that’s taking into account some bare headland areas,” he says. Having dropped oilseed rape from the rotation at the AHDB Monitor Farm seven years ago as it was underperforming, Mr Jones is thrilled with these harvest results, particularly as the LG Ambassador will

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Better Opportunity for OSR this autumn

One of the key drivers in the decision to drill OSR for rapid and consistent emergence in order to avoid adult CSFB grazing is adequate moisture in the seedbed. With the recent and forecasted unsettled weather into early August, bringing rainfall to many parts of the country, soils are wetter than they have been for

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Ascending results for LG Mountain

LG Mountain has performed particularly well, at 107% of control, 6% above last season’s most popular variety KWS Orwell and 7% above the new recommended variety KWS Hawking. LG Mountain has consistently produced these excellent yields across regions – even at some of the more challenging sites in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. “The five-year average values

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Latest Edition of Gatepost Available Now!

  Our Arable Crops Development Officer, Liam Wilkinson heads up July’s edition of our Gatepost. He advises on 3 key steps to achieving a successful oilseed rape crop; Conditions, Drilling date & Variety Choice and Seed Rates – read the full article for more detail. In our Breeders Perspective, Phil Tailby – our Wheat Breeder,

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High aphid numbers raise TuYV risk

Turnips yellows virus (TuYV) is transmitted by aphids and it is believed that 70% of the most common aphid, peach potato aphids (Myzus persicae) carry it. Work carried out at Brooms Barn a decade ago, showed a 30% yield penalty where levels of the virus were high and infection occurred early in the crop’s life.

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Take a Break

Give the arable crop rotation a break and sow a forage crop this autumn, to help achieve better weed control and boost home grown feed supplies. Mixed cereal and livestock units are encouraged to think about growing forages on some of their arable land, as this will help weed control by breaking the life cycles

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Climbing the Highest Mountain

This can be attributed to the variety’s good agronomic characteristics of short straw, great disease resistance and good grain quality. LG Mountain offers a significant step forward in yield for 2-row barley varieties. It sits at the top of the AHDB 2020/21 Recommended List, with a UK yield of 104%, performing particularly well in the

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Breeders Perspective Q&A

Why does Yellow Rust resistance ‘break down’? When the pathogen spores land on the wheat plant and begin to infect, it releases hundreds of compounds as part of the infection process. The plant ‘recognises’ this and deploys its defence response i.e. resistance. As the pathogen replicates, random errors occur when copying its genetic material; it

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3 Steps to OSR Success

Conditions Establishing oilseed rape, as with all crops, begins with drilling into the correct conditions. Drilling OSR into a dry seedbed is one of the most damaging starts the crop can get. Drilling should be into a seedbed with warmth, moisture and adequate nutrition, so that the plant can germinate and keep growing. Oilseed rape

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How to improve your stubble turnip yields

Stubble turnips are a great crop to grow if you’re looking to produce some autumn or winter keep for both sheep and beef. An early cereal harvest enables stubble turnips to be sown earlier, something that can make a big difference to the crops yield potential. Download our “How to improve your stubble turnip yields”

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MM seed transforms Tewkesbury Park

Tewkesbury Park is a family-owned hotel, golf and leisure resort set amongst 176 acres of parkland with panoramic views of the Cotswolds, Severn Valley, the Welsh Mountains and the Malvern Hills. Over recent years, the hotel has undergone a stunning transformation thanks to the McIntosh family who bought the property in 2014 and turned its

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Ask the Breeder – new live Q&A in partnership with Farmers Weekly and Limagrain

The 45 minute session was hosted by Farmers Weekly and featured mainly Vasilis Gegas, Limagrain’s European Portfolio Manager for Oilseed Rape; the man responsible for breeding the top 6 varieties on the 2020/21 AHDB Recommended List. Viewers were invited to pre-register for the event and pose questions in advance, or take part live on the

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Multi-Species leys give lambs a boost

Added feed value, improved lamb performance and lower running costs are driving the popularity of multi-species leys. Lambs reared on these carefully formulated mixtures of grass, legume and herb species have been shown to reach finishing weights significantly earlier than those grazing traditional pastures with white clover. They were also found to carry a lower

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LG Spotlight stands out from the crowd

This will be Craig’s third entry into YEN; last year his Zulu crop recorded a total yield of 13.1t/ha, achieving 77% of the grain’s potential yield. Participants into the YEN receive a full set of metrics on the performance of the entrant’s crop, which they can then compare with other YEN crop entries. Craig finds

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Aspire is a roaring success

When making decisions on what OSR variety to grow, gross output figures are key for Mr McLean but this must be backed up with strong agronomic characteristics that suit his system and region, he notes. Paul works closely with Nick Wallace of Nickerson seeds, the retail arm of breeders Limagrain UK, as he is familiar

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Grain quality for the most consistent flour power

“We have the right climate here for top quality wheats; the temperatures are warm, and the crops mature more quickly. On these chalky soils, the variety yields around 9-10t/ha,” he says. Steve emphasises that margins from commercial yields are key to grower profitability, rather than going for out-and-out yield. “Having the confidence to supply customers

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Soft feed wheats challenge the dominant hard feed market

LG Skyscraper is one of the highest yielding wheats overall on the 2020-2021 AHDB Recommended List at 105% of control, sharing the top of the leader board with newly recommended hard wheats SY Insitor (105%), and KWS Kinetic (104%). LG Spotlight sits just below this at 103% of control, matching the yields of hard wheat

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Gold for Limagrain UK’s wheat breeding programme

The Technical Innovation Awards, which are usually presented every year at the Royal Highland Show in June, aim to acknowledge the individuals, or businesses that are striving towards improving efficiencies in the rural sectors. This year as the Royal Highland Show is not taking place due to Covid-19, the Awards were judged remotely. Gold Awards

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Compare our extensive range of Winter Wheat varieties

Ever since the release of the AHDB 2020/21 Recommended List for Winter Wheat was released in December, interest in the portfolio of LG’s varieties has increased. To try and make variety selection simpler, we have devised this table to explain the benefits of each of our varieties. With valuable information, including yield, market options, grain quality,

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Be in with a chance to win a weather station!

Do you know what spec millers look for when buying bread making wheat? Do you know how many million tonnes of wheat were produced in the UK in 2019 – fancy a guess? Here at LG, we are running a short and fun online quiz to find out what British farmers really know about their

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