• WITH silage-making almost upon us, farmers are being urged to focus on minimising the threat of moulds and mycotoxin contamination in forage.

  • WHEN cows are the main income generators on your farm, it pays to look after them well - and in George Templeton's case, that means investing in making the best possible silage to feed them on.

  • MAKING silage can be an expensive business but when your grassland is a scarce resource, there is no alternative other than to do the job well - that's the driving force for Donald Barrie, who has improved his silage-making on the farm he manages in the Grampian foothills, so much that he has been able to reduce his silage area by 20%.

  • THOSE GROWING the high yielding Group 4 feed wheat Evolution for the first time have been reminded that its unique growth habits may require extra scrutiny this year to get the best out of it.

  • Agronomy firm, Hutchinsons, has advised wheat growers not to overlook eyespot risk ahead of the key T1 (growth stage 31-32) fungicide timing this spring.

  • THOSE TEMPTED to grow spring barley to fit in with the 'Three-crop rule' have been warned that if they are to gain malting premiums for their crop, they need to manage it to fit in with the specifications required.

  • MANAGING CROP architecture is the latest buzz word in oilseed rape management and the news is that the crop at Syngenta's Innovation Centre, in Hampshire, has reached the optimum timing for Toprex application to manage height and rooting.

  • A NEW flowering fungicide for control of sclerotinia and other key late diseases, which also delivers extra yield even when disease is absent, is expected to prove popular among oilseed rape growers this season.

  • THE MILD winter and kind spring weather means many soils will soon reach 5-6°C at 10cm depth, which will trigger grass and broad-leaved weed growth.

  • Annual meadow-grass may not provoke the same level of concern and discussion as black-grass, but taking action now equals time and money saved during harvest.