Arable News

Arable News

  • THE SEARCH remains pretty frantic for a replacement spring barley variety to challenge the dominance of Concerto as the nation's favourite - but it won't happen overnight.

  • PRODUCING 'farmer-user' combine harvesters is quite a speciality for manufacturer, Same Deutz-Fahr, and it has now totally revamped its firm favourite in that bracket with the new C6000 series.

  • SUCH IS the confidence in its revamped T-series combines, John Deere has already dubbed the new models as 'record-breakers'.

  • WITH a focus on maximising milk production and value from grazing, energy feeds are coming under the spotlight as grazing gets underway across Scotland.

  • USERS of the Harvest Tec moisture monitoring and associated additive applicator system sold in the UK by PFC (Profitable Farming Company), will now be able to use their applicator systems to accurately apply acid-derived silage additive to round and large square bales.



  • COOL WEATHER has blunted crop development and disease levels but not thwarted either of those - that's the finding following the The Scottish Farmer's CropWatch tour, in conjunction with Bayer CropScience and SRUC.

  • RENEWABLE energy systems and feedstock options will be a hot topic for visitors to Cereals this year.

  • NEW VARIETIES are the spice of the arable farmer's life and at Cereals there will be plenty in the ground to choose from.

  • Growers looking for a new sprayer or to buy equipment to revamp their existing machine, will have ample opportunity to suss out potential investments at Cereals.

  • A CELEBRATION of 50 years of technical innovation will be one of the prime drivers on the HGCA stand for visitors to Cereals to see, as it celebrates its half century.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • Over the past month UK wheat futures prices for the crucial November, 2015, timing have been bouncing around the £125 per tonne level, driven by changing weather reports across the world.

  • We have now had 49mm or nearly two inches of rain so far this month, but once again sunshine hours have been very few and there are concerns that grain will not be filling as well as expected, even though crops look well in the field.

  • HEAVY THUNDER and rain this week has seen 42mm, or just over 1.5 inches, of rainfall and this will now be enough to see crops through until harvest time here in the Borders.

  • We are now past the longest daylight hour day and officially into summer as temperatures stay around 10ºc with cold winds, clouds and showers.

  • BARLEY EXPORTS have been a key success story for both UK and EU as a whole this season and Defra has forecast total season exports from the UK to reach 1.5m tonnes - the highest since 1999/2000.

Farmer Right-hand Column