• Encouraging black-grass growth close to the soil surface, rather than trying to suppress it with ploughing or expensive cover crops, is the key to the effective long-term management of this problem grassweed, leading agronomy firm Hutchinsons has said.

  • WHILE LIVESTOCK producers have had a tough year, they're not alone - arable farmers are struggling just as much and the prospects are far from rosy, unless you can make all aspects of your farm business pay.

  • THE RECENT increase in anaerobic digester (AD) plants has created a demand for hybrid rye, a crop previously seldom grown in Scotland and such has been the interest in this low cost crop, arable farmers might soon be calling in a forage harvester, rather than a combine harvester.

  • TWO NEW high-yielding hybrid winter feed barleys have been fast-tracked through the system so that growers can plant them this autumn, a year ahead of schedule, are being given the thumbs up by agronomists in Scotland and Northern England.

  • COOL WEATHER has blunted crop development and disease levels but not thwarted either of those - that's the finding following the The Scottish Farmer's CropWatch tour, in conjunction with Bayer CropScience and SRUC.

  • RENEWABLE energy systems and feedstock options will be a hot topic for visitors to Cereals this year.

  • NEW VARIETIES are the spice of the arable farmer's life and at Cereals there will be plenty in the ground to choose from.

  • Growers looking for a new sprayer or to buy equipment to revamp their existing machine, will have ample opportunity to suss out potential investments at Cereals.

  • A CELEBRATION of 50 years of technical innovation will be one of the prime drivers on the HGCA stand for visitors to Cereals to see, as it celebrates its half century.

  • OILSEED rape growers will be given an insight into work done on their behalf on the AHDB's 'Cereals and oilseeds' stand at Cereals.