Arable News

Arable News

  • MAKING THE right variety choice is the foundation for a successful crop.

  • THE FUTURE of potato farming through a crystal ball will be the theme of Potato Science Live, a meeting which is set to give growers and agronomists an exciting insight into future technologies.

  • THE WOES of potato growers continues with news that the Potato Council has yet again increased its estimate of total potato production in Great Britain for the 2014 crop year.

  • EAST FIFE Young Farmers' annual ploughing match has been a popular local fixture since 1946, but you won't have seen it from this angle before.

  • WINNERS of the SRUC's Mains of Loriston Winter Wheat Challenge was the Barony-based team of Cailean Knapp, Fergus Scougal, William McMillan, Sam Mactiier and Ben McColm.



  • A LOT has happened since my last report from Ukraine - with harvest and drilling all but finished, even in the later west and only sugar beet and carrot lifting are still to finish.

  • STALE SEEDBEDS will be a crucial weapon in the fight against black-grass this season, but they must be well managed to maximise effectiveness, says leading agronomy firm, Hutchinsons.

  • SOWING hybrid winter feed barley this autumn could offer benefits for both arable and mixed farms alike given its high yield potential, says Aberdeenshire-based area manager for Syngenta, Phil Smith.

  • Speaking at a recent meeting with the Scottish seed trade at Murrayshall Hotel, Perth, Lee Robinson, sales and marketing director for Limagrain underlined the importance of supplying non-glycosidic nitrile (GN) varieties to the market that could meet the needs of both distilling and brewing.

  • 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.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • IN THE Borders we have had no snow but some high winds, which have caused some damage but will go a long way towards drying out sodden fields.

  • BACK IN harness following the festive period, it is good to note that for the first time in living memory the number of dairy animals has increased by 9646 head from the 2013 figure and it is also the highest there has been since 1997.

  • Following October's feed wheat price rally, futures are now continuing to fall once again as the US maize harvest progress picks up - with UK feed wheat usage also reported down on last year by 11.6%.

  • APART FROM the pretty appalling weather caused by the wake of Hurricane Gonzalo, there's some better news for those with wheat in the barn as prices have started to edge up.

  • WITH THE Referendum over, we can concentrate on other issues again and the main talking points now are of low commodity price, the recent benign weather and a double whammy hit for those who get their SFO in euros.

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