Arable News

Arable News

  • THE THREAT of land infected with potato cyst nematodes has been ranked as the No 1 concern amongst Scotland's potato growers.

  • Increased soil testing of fields destined for potato seed by SASA since the EU PCN Directive of 2010 has revealed substantially increased infestation levels across Scotland.

  • THE THREE 'Greening' requirements covering Permanent Grassland, Crop Diversification and Ecological Focus Areas (EFA), introduced by the reformed Common Agricultural Policy came into force on January 1, 2015.

  • TWO YEARS of overproduction has brought about severe tensions and disruption to the potato supply chain, 'causing great pain for our potato growers,' according to Potato Council chair, Fiona Fell, who is urging growers to carefully plan this year's maincrop

  • Eastern Scotland's arable farmers need to 'protect, protect and protect' against disease in cereal and oilseed rape crops according to Grant Reid, Agrovista's Angus-based agronomist.



  • Relying on modern technology, to enable your business to become more competitive and ultimately survive ever reducing EU handouts, is a daunting task, but it is undoubtedly the way forward for East Lothian arable farmers, William Thomson and his wife Anna.

  • As spring approaches, growers' thoughts will soon be turning to plans to deal with weeds in wheat and barley crops - and with autumn-sown crops, people are waiting to see how they come out of the winter before finalising spraying decisions.

  • AT A cost of around £8/ha, depending on seed rate, the new root-promoting seed treatment, Radiate, represents a return on investment of 3:1 at current market prices.

  • LAST AUTUMN'S fine sowing weather made for good crop establishment, followed by a rather benign winter, could lead to a higher than normal lodging risks in winter cereals this season, according to a leading independent expert.

  • THE LATEST 'Spring barley growing for the market' guide from breeders, Limagrain UK, is aimed at providing growers with the most up-to-date technical information on spring barley varieties, their agronomy and markets.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • 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.

  • The fall in nearby Brent Crude Oil futures to under $50 per barrel from more than $115 per barrel in mid-June is likely to have far reaching effects on agriculture both in the UK and worldwide.

  • 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%.

Farmer Right-hand Column