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.



  • WITH silage-making almost upon us, farmers are being urged to focus on minimising the threat of moulds and mycotoxin contamination in forage.

  • WHEN cows are the main income generators on your farm, it pays to look after them well - and in George Templeton's case, that means investing in making the best possible silage to feed them on.

  • MAKING silage can be an expensive business but when your grassland is a scarce resource, there is no alternative other than to do the job well - that's the driving force for Donald Barrie, who has improved his silage-making on the farm he manages in the Grampian foothills, so much that he has been able to reduce his silage area by 20%.

  • THOSE GROWING the high yielding Group 4 feed wheat Evolution for the first time have been reminded that its unique growth habits may require extra scrutiny this year to get the best out of it.

  • Agronomy firm, Hutchinsons, has advised wheat growers not to overlook eyespot risk ahead of the key T1 (growth stage 31-32) fungicide timing this spring.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • 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'.

  • THIS WEEK'S horrendous weather seemed more appropriate to November than to the beginning of April and brought field work to an abrupt halt.

Farmer Right-hand Column