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A treat for biscuit wheat growers

LG Prince’s high yield potential is supported by Limagrain farmer trials undertaken in the high disease pressure season of 2019 in the south east, which produced a mean yield of 106% from four sites. This marks a step change over current market leader KWS Firefly. Similar trials held in 2019 in Perth (Scotland), revealed a

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New forage makes successful debut on sheep unit

A new hybrid brassica that has the unique ability to ‘bounce back’ and provide two crops in one season made a successful debut on one Shropshire sheep unit last year (2020). So much so that the drill is being primed ready to sow a crop again this spring. Tim Cains from Bridgnorth runs a 500-ewe

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New trial data highlights added value of reseeds and quality mixtures

The well-known decline in grass sward yield and feed value over time has been highlighted in Limagrain’s recently published trial results, along with the wide range in the performance of grass seed mixtures. The four-year trial, carried out at our innovation site from 2017 to 2020 monitored yield and feed value on more than 30

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New biscuit wheat offers best on-farm yield security

Achieving high yields and gaining a premium is always an attractive proposition for growers as they look to maximise their most profitable crop – and now with the added bonus of on-farm security, LG Astronomer makes for a really attractive package for the coming season, says Ron Granger from plant breeder Limagrain UK. LG Astronomer

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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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Maize flexibility could benefit both arable and livestock farmers this year

Tim Richmond, LG Maize Manager UK and Ireland, says that whilst most maize is used to provide forage to feed to livestock or as a feedstock into an AD plant, it can be successfully used in other ways. Crimped maize can be grown by dairy and beef producers as a home grown concentrate replacement. There

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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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LG Crusoe still reliably hitting 13% protein to win YEN

Crusoe has been the variety of choice for Hampshire-based wheat farmer Simon Budden of Netherley Farm since 2013 due to the reliability with which it hits the magic 13% protein mark to receive a full premium. Last year was his first entry into the YEN. “The great thing about the YEN report is the detailed

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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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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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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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