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.



  • 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.

  • THOSE TEMPTED to grow spring barley to fit in with the 'Three-crop rule' have been warned that if they are to gain malting premiums for their crop, they need to manage it to fit in with the specifications required.

  • MANAGING CROP architecture is the latest buzz word in oilseed rape management and the news is that the crop at Syngenta's Innovation Centre, in Hampshire, has reached the optimum timing for Toprex application to manage height and rooting.

  • A NEW flowering fungicide for control of sclerotinia and other key late diseases, which also delivers extra yield even when disease is absent, is expected to prove popular among oilseed rape growers this season.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • 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.

  • SO FAR this month we have had only 7mm of rain and, with no amount of snow to date, means land is drying up once again so it might not be too long before we see land work action in the fields.

Farmer Right-hand Column