Arable News

Arable News

  • THOSE WHO grow spring barley on heavy land for the control of black-grass, might need to re-examine their management and rotation strategy in the light of new research which shows the crop is not just about weed control.

  • THE SERIOUS threat that nematode pose to the potato growing industry has been recognised by the launch of the Nematicide Stewardship Programme's training partner, at BP2015, last week.

  • MAKING THE most of what you've got seemed to be the main theme for attendees at this year's main event for potato growers, BP2015 at Harrogate International Centre, North Yorkshire, last week.

  • THE POTATO world heads for Stafford next week to BP2015 and innovation and meeting consumer demand will be key elements of the two-day event.

  • WITH SOME 21 spring barley harvest results from the 2015 AHDB Recommended List trials, including two new trials from Scotland - at Tibbermore and Dundee ­- average yield of the control varieties now stands at 8.35 t/ha, 0.91 t/ha above the five-year average.



  • THE RAIN in Ukraine has barely 'fallen on the plain' - at least in the east and southern areas of the country!

  • EARLIER AND more intensive soil sampling to accurately determine potato cyst nematode (PCN) risk ahead of planting is vital if growers are to beat this increasing problem, according to agronomy advisers, Hutchinsons.

  • THERE'S A stark contrast still between Scotland and Eastern Europe and Russia, with a harvest story of over abundant moisture in one and a drought in the other!

  • Encouraging black-grass growth close to the soil surface, rather than trying to suppress it with ploughing or expensive cover crops, is the key to the effective long-term management of this problem grassweed, leading agronomy firm Hutchinsons has said.

  • WHILE LIVESTOCK producers have had a tough year, they're not alone - arable farmers are struggling just as much and the prospects are far from rosy, unless you can make all aspects of your farm business pay.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • TEMPERATURES have have had a sudden drop from an almost balmy 17°C two weeks ago to zero and winter arrived with snow and sleet showers, between the rain. This has all added up to make November the second wettest month of the year to date and wetter than in any month of 2014.

  • Winter weather is now becoming more evident, with frosts forecast for this weekend.

  • IN MY part of the Borders, October had only 32mm, or 1.5 inches of rain, to give a total for the year to date of 440mm (17 inches) of rain, compared to 93mm in October last year and a total to date in 2014 of 538mm.

  • HARVEST IS largely but a memory once again, but before plans for next year are finalised it is worth looking at the malting barley situation both here in the UK and around the world.

  • ONE WET day last week with 12mm or half an inch of rain in the Borders did a lot of good for recently sown winter crops and farm operations are progressing well, but beans are still taking a long time to ripen.

Farmer Right-hand Column