Arable News

Arable News

  • RESULTS from the largest nationwide survey on the use of precision technology, conducted by Hutchinsons, has revealed detailed insight into the level of uptake of precision farming across UK farms.

  • WITH reports of very high TuYV infection levels being recorded from across the country, many oilseed rape growers will be considering their options for the coming season.

  • THE problem of late blight in potatoes requires a full protective programme, is the message put across by Gowan Comércio.

  • 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.



  • 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

  • We are now past the longest daylight hour day and officially into summer as temperatures stay around 10ºc with cold winds, clouds and showers.

  • BARLEY EXPORTS have been a key success story for both UK and EU as a whole this season and Defra has forecast total season exports from the UK to reach 1.5m tonnes - the highest since 1999/2000.

  • 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.

Farmer Right-hand Column