Succession is a sensitive but often-ignored subject for many farming families. Farmers were warned last week at the Morayshire Monitor Farm meeting that ignoring the topic could put their life’s work at risk.
Verticillium wilt was found in an average of 16% of crops in harvest years 2009–2011. It was most prevalent in eastern England. This publication provides an overview of the disease and management options.
Wheat blossom midge larvae feed on the developing seeds, causing small, shrivelled grains with poor germination. Damage to the outer layer of the grain allows water to enter, resulting in sprouting in the ear and fungal attack.
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.
This publication includes information on the availability of sulphur (S) from manures and biosolids, the importance of correct fertilisation to achieve quality and diagnosing and treating S deficiency.
No-till means sowing directly into the residues of the previous crop without any prior topsoil loosening. The objective is to reduce production costs while maintaining or increasing yields with possible added environmental benefits.
Times are good for sales in the organic sector. A report published by the Soil Association reveals organics in their fifth year of growth and although share of total grocery sales is small, the sector is worth over £2 billion. What are the market conditions driving this growth?