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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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Growers take extra interest in wild bird mixtures in quest to keep their options open this year

“Wild bird seed mixtures such as Jack Russell is suitable for CSS options AB9 and OP2, attracts farmland birds and also offers game bird cover,” says Limagrain’s Martin Titley. “It comprises spring triticale, millets, oilseed radish, grain sorghum and sunflower and each species plays its part.” Triticale and millet offer a seed source at variable

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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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BTS 1915

BTS 1915 provides an opportunity for growers who want to take the next step-up in yields. In doing so they are raising the bar in sugar beet production even higher, making themselves more resilient against the costs of producing a sugar beet crop. High adjusted tonnes:      Treated 108.2%      Untreated 110.1%  

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LG Aviron

LG Aviron is an extremely high yielding hybrid variety, which shows a good, consistent performance across the UK. LG Aviron has excellent autumn vigour, and a comprehensive traits package including; TuYV, pod shatter resistance, and RLM7 phoma resistance, combined with the beneficial N-FLEX characteristic helping to ensure high consistent yields on farm, across all regions.

Sow now, eat later

High feed value fodder crops sown from May to August can bring a wealth of advantages to beef and dairy units. Not only can they extend the grazing season, by providing a fresh forage in mid summer, but they can provide a valuable break in grass and arable rotations, facilitating pest and disease control and

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COVID No Hold-up for LG Maize Trials

In total, LG will harvest in excess of 7,500 trial plots in six of their own locations across the country, as well as at one official BSPB/NIAB trial site, allowing approximately 600 new and commercial varieties to be assessed.  Logistics surrounding the lockdown meant they were unable to sow the usual trial sites in the

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Drive, determination and MM seed – the secret behind one of the best greens in the Midlands

Jonathan Blakeman has a long affinity with his beloved bowls club dating back to when father Steve joined in 1985. Steve tended the green at Smethwick Cricket Club between 1988 and 2006 with Jonathan taking the reigns during the 2008 season, he then proceeded to continue to maintain the green to the high standards that

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Plant genetics provide solutions for OSR challenges

Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV) is becoming increasingly challenging to control as the main vector, the peach potato aphid (Myzus persicae) has developed resistance to pyrethroids, and the disease is becoming more widespread across the British isles. This corresponds to increasing levels of infection; since 2016, Limagrain UK along with industry partners – Agrii, Openfield and

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Sugar Beet genetics come to the fore

Responsible for the agronomy of 13,000 ha’s of arable cropping across three sites in Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, Ben points out that on the Lincolnshire farms sugar beet remains a key break crop adding much needed diversity to the rotation. High yields, sugar content and good all-round agronomics such as bolting resistance and robust disease

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