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  1. Charles WrightTechnical Grassweed survey

    With grassweed pressures rising and chemical efficacy declining, is there an alternative option to protect against some of the most yield-robbing weeds? CPM explores the tools available in the arable armoury to tackle grassweeds and looks at how an age-old active fits in.

    Grassweeds are the bane of many farmers' lives, with rising resistance to chemical treatments and a declining pot of active ingredients to choose from.

  2. Cereals 2019 Beet Yield Challenge Award Darryl Shailes Matt WardGrowing sugar beet has become a whole new ball game without the neonics. CPM sits in on a roundtable discussion with one of the top UK sugar beet growers and his technical advisers and finds out all is not roses, even at the top of the performance ladder.

    Sugar beet is a crop that has always demanded close attention to grow well, but Norfolk grower Mark Means has taken that meaning to a whole new level. Like many growers he’s concerned about how farmers are going to feed the world with all the restrictions been forced upon them.

  3. Alice Cannon FarmacySowing a cover crop after harvest can be a great way of improving soil health and facilitating spring cropping, providing it’s carefully tailored to field requirements, crop rotation and other site-specific conditions.

    As the main period for establishing cover crops approaches, Farmacy agronomist Alice Cannon gives her advice to help pick your way through the multitude of cover-cropping options for this autumn. Based on several years of research on farms in Lincs, she highlights four important areas to focus on.

    Her first pointer is to be absolutely clear about the purpose of including a cover crop in the farm’s rotation.

  4. David HowardAt a recent open day at the Farmacy Harleston demonstration site in Norfolk, hosted by Lewis Partners, there was much discussion around the benefits and agronomic challenges associated with using higher seed rates for wheat when pushing for higher yields.

    “Through the work in the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN), we know that achieving higher yields is all about having enough plants and ears per square metre, and creating and maintaining that crop biomass to push for the higher yields," said David Howard, Farmacy Technical Manager. 

  5. TerraMap 2w1lFarmacy chairman Mike Young’s advice is to take the time now to consider how best to optimise variable rate inputs for this autumn, with new technology such as TerraMap offering a genuine opportunity to enhance the benefits of precision agronomy.

    He highlights the results of Farmacy trials across the country this year which have demonstrated