• IN AN ideal world no spring barley variety would take up more than half the country's acreage - that was expressed several times at the latest meeting of the Fife Arable Monitor Farm group but it looks certain to remain an unachievable goal for some years to come.

  • SCOTLAND'S seed potato producers have been warned that their valuable sector of the industry is in danger of losing critical mass unless they co-operate more to exploit existing and new markets.

  • WITH THIS winter's exceptionally mild conditions being forecast to continue well into the New Year, wheat growers are being warned of the increased risk from brown and yellow rust.

  • Whether it’s processing or pre-pack, earlies or lates, failure to protect potato seed against soil-borne diseases can cause immense financial damage to crop performance.

  • SCIENTISTS and an industry think tank are worried that laboratory and field isolates of septoria tritici with reduced sensitivities to SDHI fungicides may herald a much wider field-scale problem. Following a statement on the topic from the Fungicide Resistance Action Group-UK (FRAG-UK), the AHDB has pointed out that there are mutations which confer a change in sensitivity to SDHI fungicides that have been detected in the field and from laboratory mutation studies - but not all affect field performance. A spokesman said:

  • AHDB Potatoes' 'Next Generation' delegates continued their study programme of the GB potato industry with an in-depth look at the Scottish seed industry, recently.

  • THERE IS a large wheat market for whisky production in Scotland and there's a strong preference for soft grain of large size, low protein content, with good specific weight and low screenings.

  • THE NEW Scottish cereals list brings promise, but little sign of immediate change as established varieties continue to dominate.

  • VIEW FROM THE EAST — By Dr Keith Dawson

  • THOSE WHO grow spring barley on heavy land for the control of black-grass, might need to re-examine their management and rotation strategy in the light of new research which shows the crop is not just about weed control.