• Relying on modern technology, to enable your business to become more competitive and ultimately survive ever reducing EU handouts, is a daunting task, but it is undoubtedly the way forward for East Lothian arable farmers, William Thomson and his wife Anna.

  • As spring approaches, growers' thoughts will soon be turning to plans to deal with weeds in wheat and barley crops - and with autumn-sown crops, people are waiting to see how they come out of the winter before finalising spraying decisions.

  • AT A cost of around £8/ha, depending on seed rate, the new root-promoting seed treatment, Radiate, represents a return on investment of 3:1 at current market prices.

  • LAST AUTUMN'S fine sowing weather made for good crop establishment, followed by a rather benign winter, could lead to a higher than normal lodging risks in winter cereals this season, according to a leading independent expert.

  • THE LATEST 'Spring barley growing for the market' guide from breeders, Limagrain UK, is aimed at providing growers with the most up-to-date technical information on spring barley varieties, their agronomy and markets.

  • IT'S ALWAYS good plan to let your oilseed rape plants 'see the light' and that's the thinking behind the new Toprex PGR technology.

  • Choosing OSR varieties was also the theme of Bayer's UK seeds manager, Adrian Cottey.

  • A LEADING Scottish agronomist has called for a re-think in the way oilseed rape crops are selected.

  • INTRODUCING Scotland's Rural College's latest list of recommended cereal varieties, Dr Steve Hoad of SRUC's Crop and Soil Systems group stressed the need for growers to make decisions based on good intelligence.