Arable News

Arable News

  • WHILE CROP disease has been checked by the weather, don't be lulled into a false sense of security, is the warning to growers in Scotland and the North of England, from Chris Martin, of Agrovista.

  • TEAMS OF students are gearing up once again to take part in a wheat growing challenge which will test their capabiltiies to the max.

  • THE GROUP 1 winter wheat variety, KWS Trinity, has been given fully approved status after successfully completing milling and baking trials performed by the National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim).

  • SCIENTISTS are hailing a breakthrough in finding a gene resistant to potato late blight gleaned from a South American wild relative of modern potatoes.

  • LAST WEEKEND'S warm, sunny Easter holiday turned nearly all the met stations on the 'migration start' map red - including all in Scotland.



  • COOL WEATHER has blunted crop development and disease levels but not thwarted either of those - that's the finding following the The Scottish Farmer's CropWatch tour, in conjunction with Bayer CropScience and SRUC.

  • RENEWABLE energy systems and feedstock options will be a hot topic for visitors to Cereals this year.

  • NEW VARIETIES are the spice of the arable farmer's life and at Cereals there will be plenty in the ground to choose from.

  • Growers looking for a new sprayer or to buy equipment to revamp their existing machine, will have ample opportunity to suss out potential investments at Cereals.

  • A CELEBRATION of 50 years of technical innovation will be one of the prime drivers on the HGCA stand for visitors to Cereals to see, as it celebrates its half century.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • COLD, WINDY and wet conditions still dominates our weather cycles and crop growth continues to be slower than normal - that's maybe not a bad thing as winter barley goes into its 'grain fill' mode.

  • THUS FAR in May we have had rainfall on seven out of 10 days of the month amounting to 36mm and more rain is forecast for the next few days.

  • TEMPERATURES have continued to rise and all things arable across most of Scotland appear to be looking 'good to excellent' in the parlance of the US Department of Agriculture in the Borders.

  • TEMPERATURES are gradually rising and crops are growing as the daylight hours increase, plus potato planting is going well and, with only 2mm of rain in the last 10 days in the Borders, land work is progressing well.

  • SUMMER weather arrived over the Easter weekend, with temperatures into the high teens and winter crops and early sown spring crops 'jumping'.

Farmer Right-hand Column