June 22nd saw farmers and agronomists meet at the AHDB Monitor Farm open day, at Sittingbourne, Kent.
Soybeans are being grown for the first time and all aspects of agronomy were discussed - cost of inputs, drilling date, challenges of growing, place in rotation and preceding cover crop.
Prepare your farm for post-Brexit cropping - Nick Wall, Crop Management Partners
Based in Hampshire and advising across the southern counties of England, Nick Wall urges growers to seek out opportunities to increase revenue and efficiency ahead of Brexit.
Crop Management Partners 2017 Conference - Farming with reduced pesticides
Farmers from across the south were urged to concentrate on their strengths, identify their weaknesses, investigate opportunities to diversify, and engage more with the publi c at a conference looking at the future of farming in post-Brexit Britain.
CPM Magazine ~ March 2017 Ben Burrows ‘Happier days for OSR'
by Lucy de la Pasture
What a difference a year makes. Growers who have kept the faith with oilseed rape look set to be rewarded for their loyalty to the oft-problematic break crop. It hasn’t been a case of sunshine and roses throughout the country but, on the whole, the national OSR crop looks to have potential.
February 1st and 2nd saw a group of 20 farmers and agronomists leave behind a cold and bleak Gatwick with storm ‘Doris’ approaching to find a shockingly balmy and pleasant
Edinburgh. Well, they do say the sun shines on the righteous…?
Every year we run NRoSO training workshops for farmers, advisors and spray operators. This workshop is part of the farming and crop protection industry’s Voluntary Initiative to minimise the environmental impacts of pesticides.
At a time when the economics of arable farming mean most farms are trying to drive cost out of the business, spending £40-100/ha on seed, fertiliser, slug pellets, labour and machinery to establish a cover crop is not very attractive. You have to buy into the longer term benefits of better soil structure, improved soil biology, reduced erosion risk and nutrient retention. Plus catch or cover crops can also be used to meet your Greening requirements.