• A NEW winter wheat variety, Monroe – from the same stable as JB Diego and Monterey – is the latest offering of John Blackman Agriculture and is specifically aimed at Scottish growers.

  • ALTERNATING SDHI chemistry within a wheat fungicide programme does not offer an effective anti-resistance strategy for septoria, according to two of the UK’s leading cereal disease experts.

  • A NEW non-metazachlor herbicide has been launched by BASF as part of its Clearfield production system for oilseed rape. 

  • A NEW broad-leaved weed herbicide, Pixxaro EC, has the first new molecule in over 20 years to be launched in the UK to provide weed control from spring applications to all cereals. 

  • BASF’S herbicide, Picona (pendimethalin + picolinafen), now has full label approval for pre and post-emergence use in spring barley, spring wheat, rye and triticale, adding to its label recommendations in winter wheat and winter barley. 

  • AN early-maturing oilseed rape variety which is able to bring forward harvest by as much as one week can be as valuable to growers in terms of reducing risk and organising workload more effectively, as out-and-out yield.

  • Infinito – the best stand-alone product for armour-plated protection against blight.

  • THE EASY to grow grain crop triticale, is often seen as a Cinderella crop in the UK, but now new research shows that it is capable of competing with wheat in terms of both yield and profitability, especially as a second cereal, according to a report funded by AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds.

  • ALTHOUGH many high grade seed potato growers are convinced that varietal susceptibility is a key factor in the spread of blackleg, there is little evidence to support this – that was one of a number of findings from a recent survey of all 28 pre-basic (PB) seed growers in Scotland, writes Ewan Pate.

  • WITH unpredictable variables that Scottish arable farmers face, such as the weather, it’s more important than ever to get spring barley crops off to a decent start.