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Publications

3 April 2020

Sclerotinia in oilseed rape is caused by a fungal pathogen. Discover the main factors that influence disease risk and the management options.

3 April 2020

The AHDB Recommended Lists (RL) for cereals and oilseeds. Download the 2020/21 booklet and access other RL resources.

3 April 2020

Read about the various control measures to reduce the risk from ergot in cereal crops. There is currently no EU legislation for maximum levels of ergot alkaloids but discussions in EFSA may result in future legislative limits.

3 April 2020

The UKCPVS looks to detect new races of cereal pathogens

31 March 2020

The AHDB WeatherHub brings together sources of weather and related data.

31 March 2020

This practical guide for farmers and agronomists brings together research to allow improved weed management through a rotation dominated by autumn-sown crops. Originally published in 2010, the 2017 revision has a new look and some minor changes.

31 March 2020

The encyclopaedia provides information on the identification, risk factors, life cycle, monitoring, control thresholds, non-chemical control and insecticide resistance (where known) of major and minor pests commonly associated with cropping systems.

31 March 2020

Essential information for the main cereal spray timings

30 March 2020

Download this letter template to issue to workers making essential journeys for the food supply chain.

27 March 2020

Our fungicide performance work provides high-quality, independent information on the efficacy of fungicides against key diseases in wheat, barley and oilseed rape.

27 March 2020

Relying solely on herbicides for control of black-grass is not sustainable in the long term because of increasing resistance. This publication provides information on non-chemical control.

26 March 2020

Ensure that combinable crop collections from farms and their delivery to a UK port, store or final use destination are maintained through the current coronavirus situation.

25 March 2020

A template checklist for inducting new employees

25 March 2020

An overview of recommended varieties of cereals and oilseeds

20 March 2020

Crop Research News is a monthly technical e-newsletter issued by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.

20 March 2020

Find out how to order a printed publication from AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds

19 March 2020

This guide outlines oilseed rape’s key growth stages and can provide a foundation for management.

19 March 2020

The AHDB Wheat growth guide allows crop progress, structure and final performance to be measured and compared against a series of UK benchmarks.

19 March 2020

The aim of this guide is to enable barley growers to identify where production may be falling short of potential.

19 March 2020

Access disease management guidance for oilseed rape from this page

18 March 2020

This web page hosts the latest guidance from the Fungicide Resistance Action Group (FRAG). The 'Download' button provides background. Scroll down for guidance.

18 March 2020

This web page hosts the latest guidance from the Insecticide Resistance Action Group (IRAG). The 'Download' button provides background. Scroll down for guidance.

18 March 2020

This web page hosts the latest guidance from the Weed Resistance Action Group (WRAG). The 'Download' button provides background. Scroll down for guidance.

18 March 2020

Grain Outlook, the official Journal for AHDB Cereal & Oilseeds, was published until autumn/winter 2019/20.

17 March 2020

Assess the risk of fusarium mycotoxins and record the score on the grain passport.

17 March 2020

The ‘Ramularia leaf spot in barley’ factsheet includes information on the life cycle of ramularia and control options. It also includes numerous images to allow ramularia symptoms to be identified and severity scored.

17 March 2020

Found out about powdery mildew, a disease that can affect all cereal crops

17 March 2020

Net blotch can cause large yield losses. Find out about this key cereal disease.

17 March 2020

AHDB Aphid News provides regional information on aphid species and numbers. Download the latest edition below.

17 March 2020

Rhynchosporium remains the main barley disease in wetter areas of the UK. Variety choice is important to minimise disease risk, but resistant varieties can show disease where specific races occur.

17 March 2020

This publication presents a diversification scheme for varieties using results from the UK Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey (UKCPVS).

17 March 2020

Yield losses to yellow rust can be prevented using a combination of varietal resistance and fungicides.

17 March 2020

This minor disease affects wheat but can also attack barley, rye and some grasses.

17 March 2020

Take-all is a serious soil-borne disease of cereals. It is estimated that half of UK wheat crops are affected and that they suffer average yield losses of 5 to 20%. This publication provides an overview of the disease and management options.

17 March 2020

Use of clean seed and seed treatments can largely manage this highly visible cereal disease

17 March 2020

Eyespot is a common disease in intensive cereal rotations. Use this risk assessment as the foundation of integrated pest management.

17 March 2020

Some soil-borne vectors transmit virus diseases to cereal crops

17 March 2020

Bunt can lead to unsaleable grain, because of discolouring and smell.

17 March 2020

Septoria tritici is the most important wheat disease in the UK. Fungicides are currently the primary control method and anti-resistance strategies need to be applied to preserve and extend the useful life of these active ingredients.

16 March 2020

Discover how some aphids can transmit yield-robbing viruses to cereals and oilseed rape

16 March 2020

Rhizoctonia solani is an aggressive, ubiquitous soil-borne pathogen of crops worldwide.

16 March 2020

Phoma leaf spot/stem canker is one of the most important diseases of oilseed rape. This page includes information about the disease and its management.

16 March 2020

Verticillium stem stripe was first confirmed on winter oilseed rape in the UK in 2007. This publication provides an overview of the disease and management options.

16 March 2020

Light leaf spot is one of the most important foliar diseases of oilseed rape. This page includes information about the disease and its management.

16 March 2020

This soilborne disease affects oilseed rape, as well as all vegetable brassica species. Find out about the disease and how to manage it.

16 March 2020

These clubroot field-mapping case studies demonstrate the cost effectiveness of a targeted management approach under two different scenarios

13 March 2020

Our Harvest Toolkit includes a wealth of information on market prices, harvest results, straw, good sampling practice, grain storage and grain marketing

6 March 2020

In this section you will find information on how to determine the nutrient requirements of cereals, oilseeds, peas and beans, sugar beet and biomass crops.

6 March 2020

Find out what's changed in RB209

5 March 2020

Pollen beetles are rarely abundant enough in oilseed rape to warrant treatment

5 March 2020

Discover more about this pest and how apply insecticides based on risk.

4 March 2020

All the latest analysis on weather events and their effect on farming and growing

3 March 2020

There are five species of brome grasses that grow as arable weeds in the UK, belonging to two different groups. As different control measures apply to each group, identification is important.

27 February 2020

Guidance to help you adapt arable cultivations on a rotational basis

25 February 2020

An integrated approach to slug control is the most effective way to control slugs. This publication covers cereals, oilseeds, potatoes and horticulture.

19 February 2020

Access the latest variety data and commentary from our RL trials.

19 February 2020

Access historic harvest results from the AHDB Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds (RL) trials from this archive

18 February 2020

Find out what makes soil and how it is classified. Discover common soil-related issues and how to manage them.

14 February 2020

Find out how to manage the most important diseases of wheat and barley

13 February 2020

Understanding the quality and condition of grain is crucial. Accurate sampling at each stage of the grain chain is required to develop that understanding. It should help to reduce waste and minimise charges, claims and rejections.

13 February 2020

Safe, effective grain storage is key to assuring crop quality and helping prevent loss of premiums through claims and rejections.

13 February 2020

Designed for analysts who test wheat, barley and oilseed rape, these modules and publication can be used to improve the standard of testing across the UK.

12 February 2020

Calculate the cost of farm machinery, per hectare or per hour, with this simple calculator.

10 February 2020

Find out how the RL is managed. This page includes information on the trials (protocols) and the decision-making process.

7 February 2020

RL app (coming soon): The latest RL data at your fingertips.

3 February 2020

Find out how to account for nitrate losses with the EWR tool. Use this information to guide nutrient management planning

3 February 2020

The AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) offers best practice guidance on the application of fertilisers and organic materials to crops and grassland.

3 February 2020

In this section you will find information on the nutrient content of organic materials such as manures, compost and digestate.

31 January 2020

This guide provides an introduction to carbon footprinting, explaining what information is used to calculate one and what can be done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

28 January 2020

Targeted at managers of arable-based systems who are thinking about livestock opportunities for the first time, this guide includes sections on leys, cover crops, forage crops, maize, outdoor pig production and manures.

28 January 2020

Glyphosate products may be used pre-harvest on a range of crops to control weeds, aid harvesting and protect grain quality and food safety. This publication outlines stewardship measures to maximise product efficacy and minimise crop residues.

28 January 2020

These guidelines by the Weed Resistance Action Group (WRAG) look to help agronomists and growers maintain efficacy of glyphosate in the UK.

28 January 2020

Higher than expected levels of erucic acid have been found in seed grown from double-low oilseed rape varieties. These guidelines highlight the key risk points where management of erucic acid levels can make a difference.

27 January 2020

This poster shows the more common of over 50 insect and mites species that may occur in grain stores. Correct identification is important.

27 January 2020

See the signs of defects and impurities in stored cereal (wheat and barley). This poster shows examples of physical damage, disease, pests, screenings and weed seeds.

24 January 2020

Access historic data from the AHDB Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds (RL) from this archive

22 January 2020

This definitive guide to cereal diseases in the UK contains full colour photgraphs for identification plus information on hosts, symptoms and life cycles.

22 January 2020

Fungicide Futures is an initiative led by AHDB and FRAG-UK to help put good anti-resistance practice at the heart of fungicide programmes.

22 January 2020

This guide outlines the basic principles of field drainage, including information on installation and maintenance. It also emphasises the importance of good soil structure and includes information on subsoiling.

13 January 2020

The main countries the UK cereal industry competes with are explored in these reports.

10 January 2020

Produced for the main UK export markets, these reports include information on demographics, economics, market structure, consumer trends, and supply and demand.

7 January 2020

Find out about this cereal pest and our autum survey to help you make seed treatment decisions

2 January 2020

A sporadic pest, saddle gall midge can reduce cereal yields through larval feeding and weakened stems.

2 January 2020

This page covers seedling blight, foot/crown rot, ear (head) blight and fusarium mycotoxins

2 January 2020

In this webinar we will look at the benefits of taking a step back and assessing what you do in your day-to-day activities.

20 December 2019

Discover how we generate demand for cereals in overseas markets

11 December 2019

Meetings are important to ensure everyone is working together to achieve your business goals. But when they happen, many meetings are not structured, recorded or valued.

9 December 2019

Biostimulant product types available in the UK and the level of evidence for effects on cereals and oilseed rape (OSR) crops are outlined in this publication

4 December 2019

Learn how to be compliant with rodenticide use guidelines

28 November 2019

A list of companies that offer soil testing services and possibly forage analyses

28 November 2019

This definitive guide to arable weeds in the UK contains full colour photographs for identification plus information on life cycles, location, biology and management

27 November 2019

Explore the benefits of developing your team, and put this into practice using a Skills Matrix

26 November 2019

Chinese consumers are becoming increasingly wealthy and their dietary patterns are changing. We take a look at how these changes are affecting demand for imported food and where the opportunities lie for exporters to China.

26 November 2019

The United States has some of the highest levels of food consumption in the world. We discover how their desire for low cost but high quality affect consumer demand and how premium British products could stand out in this highly competitive market.

26 November 2019

Japan's consumers are wealthy, highly urbanised and ageing. They seek convenient meals to fit around their busy lives and have a strong interest in health and wellbeing. We identify opportunities in Japan for exporters of British foods.

26 November 2019

The Soil management Information System (SMIS) applies big data approaches to provide best practice guidelines for sustainable soil management. SMIS collates and integrates soil management data and is part of the GREATsoils program

13 November 2019

Learn the things which set the highest-performing farms apart from the rest and improve your own farm performance

12 November 2019

A summary of research projects for both AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and AHDB Potatoes

16 October 2019

How to keep your water supply resilient during extreme weather

16 October 2019

The ‘think soils’ manual is a practical guide to soil assessment. It aims to help farmers, land managers, government and non-government advisers to recognise problems with erosion and runoff from agricultural land. Our changing climate makes this issue increasingly important.

15 October 2019

The autumn/winter 2019 edition of All About Scotland

15 October 2019

We explore how engaged consumers are with food production issues, which elements of the food system are most trusted, how demonstrating shared values can boost trust, where consumers get their information from and will look at potential barriers to trust in the future.

11 September 2019

Staff appraisals provide an opportunity for a conversation between an employee and line manager to review and plan the employee's performance

27 August 2019

The UK undoubtedly has some of the most productive, dynamic and inspirational farming and growing businesses in the world.

19 July 2019

Information on UK grain merchants, including the commodities they trade

19 July 2019

The uks and uks classifications identify varieties with export potential

19 July 2019

Discover how growing for export could benefit you

18 July 2019

AHDB’s series of Horizon reports has previously looked at some of the issues that will be critical in shaping the agri-food sector following Brexit.

24 June 2019

Discover how DNA markers can be used to determine how management affects soil microbial diversity.

17 June 2019

Here are the pros and cons associated with the decision to either incorporate or sell straw.

14 June 2019

Learn about the fungicide resistance status of cereal diseases and how resistance can be managed

14 June 2019

With the future of domestic agricultural policy up for debate, increasing agronomic challenges and Brexit around the corner, this publication can be used to help you to step back and take stock of one of your most valuable assets: your rotation.

14 June 2019

This checklist was produced by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds, on behalf of the Cereals Liaison Group, to help growers avoid the most common problems associated with oilseed sales contracts.

14 June 2019

This checklist was produced by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds, on behalf of the Cereals Liaison Group, to help growers avoid the most common problems associated with cereals sales contracts.

10 June 2019

The soil health scorecard brings together information about the chemical, physical and biological properties of soil.

5 June 2019

A cover crop is a non-cash crop grown primarily for the purpose of ‘protecting or improving’ between periods of regular crop production. This publication details the opportunities for cover crops in conventional arable rotations. Scroll down for further resources.

3 June 2019

Understand how agri-food trade could be affected once the UK leaves the EU, under both an agreed withdrawal and under a ‘no deal’ scenario.

3 June 2019

Find out how the Cereals and Oilseeds trade could be affected once the UK leaves the EU, under both an agreed withdrawal and under a ‘no deal’ scenario.

3 June 2019

RB209 provides essential nutrient management guidance. These guidelines provide more detail on N, the most important nutrient on the most extensive UK crop, wheat.

3 June 2019

Populations of herbicide-resistant broad-leaved weeds are still uncommon in the UK but are increasing. If you suspect resistance, collect seed samples for testing.

3 June 2019

Wheat blossom midge larvae feed on developing seeds, reducing yield. They can also promote sprouting in the ear and fungal attacks.

23 May 2019

Soil Biology and Soil Health Partnership research case study takes a closer look at the benefits of organic material additions

23 May 2019

Following on from ‘Brexit Scenarios – an impact assessment’, which focused on how Brexit could impact farmers’ profit levels, we now turn to potential implications post-farmgate.

23 May 2019

In this Horizon report, we look at what the future may hold for UK wheat and barley production.

23 May 2019

Four easy-to-follow steps for assessing soil structure

23 May 2019

AHDB has revealed eight key factors that are the hallmarks of high performing farm businesses in a new report

23 May 2019

Soil water supply is critical to managing the yield and quality of high-value horticultural crops. Improving soil health can benefit the supply of water from irrigation and rainfall by increasing infiltration rates and water-holding capacity.

23 May 2019

Many farmers and growers are concerned about the health of their soils. They understand the importance of soil health for the productivity, sustainability and profitability of their business, but many face significant challenges when interpreting results from laboratory analysis or when choosing suitable methods for assessing the health of soils beyond the standard pH, phosphorus (P), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg) analysis.

23 May 2019

Soil health is the ability of a soil to sustain, in the long term, its most important functions. A healthy soil will be able to sustain crop and livestock productivity and maintain or enhance environmental benefits. It requires a good balance of physical, chemical and biological soil properties, many of which can be tested.

23 May 2019

This factsheet outlines a simple method for measuring infiltration in the field. It also explains how adding organic matter to soil can improve soil structure and water infiltration.

23 May 2019

Maintaining optimum soil pH values in all parts of the field is essential in order to maintain soil quality and health, crop quality and yield. This guidance document explains why soil pH is important and outlines the impact of soil type and texture on pH.

23 May 2019

These publications explain how each earthworm group has a unique and important function and give top tips on how identify and count each type.

23 May 2019

Soil organic matter is the term used for all living, or once-living, materials within, or added to, the soil. This factsheet takes a closer look at how you can measure and add soil organic matter.

23 May 2019

Soils contain a very high diversity of organisms. These soil organisms interact with one another and the chemical and physical properties of the soil to drive soil processes.

23 May 2019

This short factsheet is a starter's guide to what microorganisms, pathogens and pests inhabit the soil and the benefits or drawbacks of each of them.

23 May 2019

Biological soil health testing is a useful method of quantifying the impact of different soil management practices such as the use of cover crops.

23 May 2019

Weed control in oats is difficult because there is a limited range of herbicides available. In organic oats, there are three key methods of management: control during the ley phase of the rotation, stale seedbeds and mechanical weeding in the crop.

21 May 2019

The opportunities of earth observation, satellite communications and navigation systems for agriculture and horticulture

7 May 2019

This outlook is based on the latest data available, combining feedback and insight from contacts across the agri-food industry with AHDB sector specialists’ expertise. What follows is an examination of the factors affecting different sectors. Whether you’re using it for business planning, aiming to understand the market dynamics or just interested in a flavour of what agriculture faces in the year ahead, I hope you find this publication useful and informative.

18 April 2019

Regular soil tests and the recommendations associated with them are vital tools that must be used in order to ensure the best possible crop yield

12 April 2019

Understand how different Brexit scenarios could affect your farm business incomes

11 April 2019

A guide that looks at various cereals for livestock feed

27 March 2019

The UK retail scene has seen enormous structural change over the last decade, driven by technology, new entrants and changing demands.

21 February 2019

Italian rye-grass is a weed of autumn-sown crops and is more competitive than black-grass.

11 February 2019

Grain moisture content is critical from harvest, through storage, to final sale of cereals and oilseeds.

10 December 2018

These guidelines describe how lodging resistance (or standing power) in winter wheat is altered by the environment and crop management.

26 November 2018

Poor establishment or low plant counts can reduce yield. Knowing your plant populations means the crop can be effectively managed through the growing season to maximise yield.

21 November 2018

The UK is now facing productivity constraints that, as yet, remain unconquered. It is critical that these constraints are addressed so UK agriculture and horticulture can compete in an increasingly global market, and secure its future. This is particularly important in the context of a post-Brexit UK, and uncertainty over future levels of direct support and trade agreements. It is not only physical constraints that are facing the UK. Although predominant, most publicised factors, e.g. yield plateaus, the weather and environmental factors, there are also many contributing structural, behavioural and regulatory constraints. This publication presents the findings of a stakeholder consultation that aimed to understand the constraints considered most limiting by the industry.

31 October 2018

This directory sets out the wide range of partnerships we have with farm businesses across the country, the unique stories and challenges they are tackling and how we are working collectively in an open, honest environment to drive productivity.

24 September 2018

This map shows the barley, wheat, oats and OSR growing regions of the UK. It also marks the locations of industrial processing plants including maltings, crushers, grain mills and feed producers.

17 August 2018

Despite additional hectares of straw being made available by cereal growers, there is still likely to be a shortage due to lower yields and an increased requirement for feeding. This factsheet explains the importance of assessing your straw needs and planning for any deficit.

16 July 2018

This 'Plain English' glossary defines most precision farming terms in an accessible 'A-Z' format.