• WHILE EXPORTS of grain from the UK have been held back by being uncompetitive due to currency exchange, there has been some activity by Openfield, Britain's largest farmer-owned grain business, which has sent more than 80,000 tonnes of wheat and barley on vessels destined for North Africa and the Middle East.

  • THE PRIMARY transmitters of turnip yellows virus (TuYV) to young oilseed rape plants, peach-potato aphids, have been caught in traps in all key arable growing areas in recent days, prompting control warnings.

  • AVERAGE nitrogen contents of GB barley are the lowest in more than 30 years and since records began in records began in 1977.

  • EVERYNE knows what a 4 x 4 is, but now a 3 x 3 alliance is hoping to push the boundaries of OSR management and yield potential.

  • 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.