Arable News

Arable News

  • 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.



  • WITH SOME disappointing grain prices forecast, farm-saved seed will be a cost-cutting exercise on many farms this coming autumn, but be warned, be careful on how they go about it.

  • AN Aberdeenshire sprayer operator is the best in Scotland, according to the judges of a national competition.

  • Retirement, in a formal sense, sometimes doesn’t cross the mind of many farmers and this seems to very much be the case for Ian Craig, of Waterstone Farm, Johnstone.
    Born at the farm and having lived there all his life, he took over the running of the business in his teens and, now in his 69th year, he has rarely looked back.

  • For many producers, silage making has been a tricky task over the last few years, with many struggling to get decent yields let alone a decent quality of silage due some of the wettest summer months on record.

  • Sam Chesney runs a 150 Limousin suckler cow herd, bred to Limousin and Belgian Blue bulls, on his 190-acre Coolbrae Farm, near Kircubbin on the beautiful green Ards Peninsula of Northern Ireland.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • Following the latest USDA report, which came out last week, the November 2014 LIFFE feed wheat futures set a new contract low of £134.25 and was down £3.10 on the week.

  • WE'VE HAD ideal growing conditions for cereal crops and potato irrigation is an ongoing task that is very time consuming for most, never mind adding cost.

  • THE ROYAL Highland Show has come and gone once again ansd this time the obvious topics of conversation were to do with CAP reform, Scottish land reform and the September independence referendum.

  • CROPS ACROSS Scotland continue to look well with many spring crops showing a grand, even braird, though showers are holding up potato planting in some parts.

  • WINTER SOWN crops can now be seen motoring following fertiliser application and sunny warm days, with temperatures this past week up to 13ºc.

Farmer Right-hand Column