• AS SCOTLAND'S farmers look to an early start to autumn drilling, advisors say the single most important thing for the best early start for oilseed rape is a decent seedbed.

  • TWO KEY changes to the way the Recommended List for winter barley is adjudged, should provide the best possible information to growers, according to the HGCA which oversees the programme and has made the canges.

  • Maintaining a good soil structure, drainage and optimum pH levels have always been key to healthy crops, but focus more on pH and the nutrient requirements of the forth coming crop and yields can be maximised.

  • SCOTTISH GROWERS will not have a 'personalised' version of the new EU greening rules in time for next season, but will instead have to work within the 'basic' framework for at least a year until a local deal can be agreed.

  • ATTACKS OF alternaria have already started to hit potato crops at the same time as blight outbreaks have reached record levels for early season infection, and growers are advised to quickly assess infection risks, and bring forward treatment timings to prevent decimating green leaf loss.

  • PRODUCING CROPS with healthier roots, could be a key step for improving crop yields in the face of many challenges, says Syngenta's seedcare manager, Alison Bosher.

  • A KINROSS-SHIRE company has become the first Scottish company to become accredited for the new European Seed Treatment Assurance scheme (ESTA).

  • TRIAL PLOTS on the Craibstone campus of Scotland's Rural College in Aberdeen have been providing important information for farmers, growers and researchers since 1922 - and now you can view them at a free open event on Wednesday, July 16.

  • VARIETAL CHOICE for the forthcoming autumn sowing season will be very much in the minds of arable visitors to Cereals and they will not be disappointed by the range of new options.

  • A RECORD 50 companies involved in the renewable energy sector will be exhibiting at Cereals 2014.