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Working more efficiently in the field

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I spend a lot of time with farmers and agronomists talking about how they can be more efficient with their time. One of the ways they can achieve this...
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Maximizing grassland production

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Much of the grass in Herefordshire, where I am based, suffered during the difficult weather conditions of 2018 and consequently producers should focus...
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Nitrogen – can you manage risk and flex your profitability?

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New season 2019 It is likely we will see a higher starting value for ammonium nitrate fertiliser in the UK this year. Recent announcements on the cont...
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High res imagery; allowing innovation and intervention

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Remote sensing in agriculture is nothing new. However, with drones gaining more publicity over the last few years, some would argue it has felt somewh...
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OSR - The final nutrition decision

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It has been somewhat of a harrowing year for the OSR crop, with wide spread establishment issues followed by flea beetle larval damage leading to a nu...
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Timeliness is next to Godliness

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It isn't news to emphasise that one of our key current challen ges is the well publicised yield plateau. Whenever the next thumping crop yield is anno...
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Surprise Easter weather increases risk of losses on liquid fertiliser

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The rise in temperatures forecast this weekend beckons the prospect of one of the warmest Easters on record. While many people's thoughts will turn to...
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Managing lodging risk in cereals this spring

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Lodging is described by Berry, 1998 as "The permanent displacement of plant stems from the vertical" which "occurs on average once every four years in...
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Variable crops will require a considered PGR approach this season

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​ Yet again a season has seemingly come at us with a fresh set of challenges. Personally, I don't think I've ever seen a 'normal' year and averages co...
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Monitoring grain markets 24/7 made possible with new technology

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​Most of the farmers I know keep a watchful eye on commodity prices and use a variety of methods to do so. The method chosen is down to personal choic...
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The impact of flea beetle larvae

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​ As if the adult population of cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) wasn't problematic enough last autumn when large areas of oilseed rape were written of...
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Crop recording and time management

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I've been visiting growers on their farms for nearly 25 years and I've noticed that there are many familiar consistencies between businesses and yet a...
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Frontrunner - 25th January 2019

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WHEAT Firm pound pushes old crop prices lower Brexit uncertainty continues to fuel huge shifts in the value of the pound. This week the pound apprecia...
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DISCOVERING ICEBERGS at Frontier’s NRoSO sprayer operator days

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Our ever-popular sprayer operator days will soon be upon us. As well as a great lunch and sufficient NRoSO points to ensure status on the register is ...
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Foliar feed timings seen to increase maize yields

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For some people maize is perhaps seen as a somewhat less worthy crop when it comes to allocating management time and resources. Getting it in, being c...
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Beans to replace a failed WOSR crop?

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In numerous counties, the effects of the long, hot summer and the onslaught of cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) on oilseed rape crops are still being f...
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The laws of physics or the rules of nature?

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When I was a lad at school the laws of physics, including Newton's third rule " for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, " seemed of ...
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Don’t overlook boron in your OSR crop this autumn

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Boron is a key nutrient for oilseed rape, with its main functions associated with aiding stem elongation and flowering. While these developments will ...
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Soil: your farm's greatest asset

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This blog was first featured as an article in the October issue of Three Counties Farmer : Every conversation I have with people in the agricultural w...
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The value of fresh phosphate fertiliser

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​ For the most part, many of us will admit that when it comes to fertiliser applications we can be guilty of concentrating solely on the application o...
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