WITH SOME 21 spring barley harvest results from the 2015 AHDB Recommended List trials, including two new trials from Scotland - at Tibbermore and Dundee - average yield of the control varieties now stands at 8.35 t/ha, 0.91 t/ha above the five-year average.
EARLIER AND more intensive soil sampling to accurately determine potato cyst nematode (PCN) risk ahead of planting is vital if growers are to beat this increasing problem, according to agronomy advisers, Hutchinsons.
Encouraging black-grass growth close to the soil surface, rather than trying to suppress it with ploughing or expensive cover crops, is the key to the effective long-term management of this problem grassweed, leading agronomy firm Hutchinsons has said.
WHILE LIVESTOCK producers have had a tough year, they're not alone - arable farmers are struggling just as much and the prospects are far from rosy, unless you can make all aspects of your farm business pay.
IN MY part of the Borders, October had only 32mm, or 1.5 inches of rain, to give a total for the year to date of 440mm (17 inches) of rain, compared to 93mm in October last year and a total to date in 2014 of 538mm.
ONE WET day last week with 12mm or half an inch of rain in the Borders did a lot of good for recently sown winter crops and farm operations are progressing well, but beans are still taking a long time to ripen.