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Grants on offer for animal health and welfare equipment
Livestock producers have one month left to apply for equipment grants to improve animal health and welfare on their farms. The expanded Farming Equipment and Technology Fund grant scheme offers funding towards a broad range of commonly used pieces of equipment and technology. The Animal Health & Welfare section... Read more
Fodder beet could be popular choice this spring
Fodder beet could offer livestock farmers a cost-effective energy source this year – but growing it will require careful management following an especially wet winter. “Fodder beet is a crop that requires investment and attention to detail,” says Ryhs Owen, of agronomy specialists ProCam. “However, done right, it can... Read more
Advanced fertiliser boosts potato yield and quality
New fertiliser technologies that match nutrient supply more closely to plant requirements through the growing season can increase potato yields – and improve tuber and skin quality. Controlled release fertiliser (CRF) technology can increase nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) and reduce the carbon footprint of production while polysulphate-based  potash fertilisers... Read more
Management tips for sugar beet following wet spring
Sugar beet growers should target a yield of at least 80t/ha to ensure the crop pulls its weight during the 2024/25 season, say experts. Prospects for sugar beet this season and recommendations for herbicide programmes were discussed by agronomists and other arable advisors during a webinar hosted by crop... Read more
Mix strategy to combat blight resistance
Potato growers can manage the increasing incidence of blight resistance with effective fungicide mixing strategies, say experts. Speaking at the Potato Science Live events this spring, Syngenta technical manager Andy Cunningham said a mandipropamid mixing strategy was helping growers in Denmark to control resistant blight. Incidents of blight strain... Read more
Foliar nutrition has key role in rapid beet establishment
Early applications of foliar nutrition could be key to helping sugar beet crops establish following the wet winter. With slumped soils causing havoc for seedbed creation, early foliar nutrition help crops grow past their most vulnerable 12-leaf stage for aphid-borne virus transmission, says ProCam agronomist Ian Jackson. “It’s important that sugar beet achieves full... Read more
Sugar beet growers face high-pressure virus year
Sugar beet growers face another high-pressure year for virus yellows with aphids flying into new crops as they emerge. Aphids will be flying two to three weeks earlier in England compared to the historical average, according to the Rothamsted Insect Survey aphid forecast for 2024, which was issued on... Read more