Arable News

Arable News

  • SCOTLAND'S seed potato producers have been warned that their valuable sector of the industry is in danger of losing critical mass unless they co-operate more to exploit existing and new markets.

  • WITH THIS winter's exceptionally mild conditions being forecast to continue well into the New Year, wheat growers are being warned of the increased risk from brown and yellow rust.

  • Whether it’s processing or pre-pack, earlies or lates, failure to protect potato seed against soil-borne diseases can cause immense financial damage to crop performance.

  • SCIENTISTS and an industry think tank are worried that laboratory and field isolates of septoria tritici with reduced sensitivities to SDHI fungicides may herald a much wider field-scale problem. Following a statement on the topic from the Fungicide Resistance Action Group-UK (FRAG-UK), the AHDB has pointed out that there are mutations which confer a change in sensitivity to SDHI fungicides that have been detected in the field and from laboratory mutation studies - but not all affect field performance. A spokesman said:

  • AHDB Potatoes' 'Next Generation' delegates continued their study programme of the GB potato industry with an in-depth look at the Scottish seed industry, recently.



  • THE new to the UK Sky range of trailed no-till and min-till drills will be on parade at LAMMA 2016 in January.

  • UPGRADES and new kit have been launched by cultivations specialist, Vaderstad.

  • KVERNELAND'S latest plough series will get its UK launch at Lamma 2016, on January 20 and 21.

  • A NEW seed drill with single disc coulter, Horsch's Avatar SD, is unique to the direct seeding sector - thus far, only tine seed drills have been available for this function.

  • SCOTTISH arable growers need to focus on remedial action to correct soil problems following a run of difficult growing seasons, visitors to a soil seminar organised by ProCam Robertson Crop Services were told last week.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • February continued where January finished, with strong gale force winds and heavy rain showers - that left us with 124 mm, or 5 inches of rain, in January here in the Borders and land has begun to look like paddy fields.

  • COMPARED TO the East Coast of America where they have had up to 1m of snow recently, our tail-end of the same storm was wind and rain this week, and that's on top of some pretty wet weather so far this year.

  • IT'S NOW official - December, 2015, was the wettest on record, with UK rainfall reported at 191% of the long-term average.

  • IT'S BEEN all over the news what a wet December we've had - record levels and all that - but in my part of the Borders we finished up with 648mm of rain.

  • ANOTHER YEAR draws to a close and, for many, it has not been one to remember - or maybe it has, but for all the wrong reasons!

Farmer Right-hand Column