Arable News

Arable News

  • WHILE THE global trade of all grains and oilseeds has grown by about 150m tonnes in the last five years – exceeding the growth of the previous five years by more than 50% – the value has dropped by more than 15% in the same period.

  • A NEW winter wheat variety, Monroe – from the same stable as JB Diego and Monterey – is the latest offering of John Blackman Agriculture and is specifically aimed at Scottish growers.

  • ALTERNATING SDHI chemistry within a wheat fungicide programme does not offer an effective anti-resistance strategy for septoria, according to two of the UK’s leading cereal disease experts.

  • A NEW non-metazachlor herbicide has been launched by BASF as part of its Clearfield production system for oilseed rape. 

  • A NEW broad-leaved weed herbicide, Pixxaro EC, has the first new molecule in over 20 years to be launched in the UK to provide weed control from spring applications to all cereals. 

Features

Features

  • MALT EXTRACT and spirit yield per tonne of grain continue to improve with the introduction of new varieties, but what about other features that determine if a bulk will be accepted? 

  • Stress tolerance is as important as output in modern oilseed rape varieties if growers are to cope with today’s economic and environmental challenges, according to leading European specialist breeder, Laurent Verdier.

  • THE BIG imponderable this year is whether oilseed rape will feature in many farmers’ plans for sowing this autumn. 

  • Bayer is increasing the quantities of its potato herbicide Artist (flufenacet + metribuzin) this season in response to greater demand arising from frustration at the lack of effective options for tackling harder-to-control weeds, such as annual meadow grass (AMG) and cleavers. 

  • Forget cost cutting fungicide programmes – arable farmers should maximise crop protection if they are to boost yield potential and any subsequent nett profit.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • LAST WEEK we looked at what forecasters were predicting would to happen to yields and stocks of grain and this week there are numerous figures being quoted with regard to exports and prices.

  • AT LAST we have experienced some warm weather, albeit with chilly easterly winds in the eastern areas of the Borders but sunshine is a great fertiliser and will help the late sown crops.

  • NOW THAT May is with us and with forecasts of warmer weather for this weekend and into next week, we should see crops move on and catch up on lost time due to recent cold weather.

  • AS WE approach May, we are still in the midst of cold winter weather with snow, frost, chilly winds and little sign of the weather warming up – but at least it has been drier this past two weeks, allowing land work to proceed to get spring barley and potatoes into the ground. 

  • AS SPRING crops develop and we creep closer to harvest, it is worth taking a look at how this year’s harvest might unfold and how it might affect global supplies. 

Farmer Right-hand Column