• WHILE harvest is still to really get going in Scotland, news from further south is of record yields and big tonnages for winter wheat and winter oilseed rape.

  • THE FIRST results from the AHDB's Recommended List trials are emerging with a strong showing for Scottish oilseed rape and also the first of the winter wheat results from the south.

  • POSITIVITY and a focus on using and developing biotechnology were the key messages put across by the James Hutton Institutes' chief executive officer, Professor Iain Gordon, in the wake of the Scottish Government's announcement that it is to ban genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland.

  • A NEW ferric phosphate molluscicide has been approved for use in the UK.

  • FOR THE second year in succession, Certis' insecticide, InSyst (acetamiprid), has been granted emergency approval for the control of cabbage stem flea beetle in oilseed rape just ahead of the planting season and will be a welcome relief for many growers across the country.

  • FOLLOWING the decision by the European Commission to implement a two-year ban on the use of neonicotinoid seed dressings in oilseed rape from December, 2013, last autumn was the first opportunity to assess the impact of this decision on control of one of our major autumn oilseed rape pests, cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB).

  • A BORDERS farmer has set his sights on growing a record breaking crop of winter wheat this year.

  • TWO NEW active ingredients for broad-leaved weed herbicides are being trialled in Scotland after meeting all the requirements of UK agriculture.

  • THE SEARCH remains pretty frantic for a replacement spring barley variety to challenge the dominance of Concerto as the nation's favourite - but it won't happen overnight.

  • PRODUCING 'farmer-user' combine harvesters is quite a speciality for manufacturer, Same Deutz-Fahr, and it has now totally revamped its firm favourite in that bracket with the new C6000 series.