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Clampdown on organic manure is unworkable

Crop nutrition plans are in turmoil after the Environment Agency decided farmer jump through numerous hoops before spreading organic manure this autumn.

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Top tips for feeding this year’s silage

Dairy farmers are being encouraged to analyse forage regularly during feed-out this winter – to ensure rations meet performance targets and support rumen health.

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Profitable wheat production despite blackgrass challenge

Winter wheat can deliver decent profits – despite a high blackgrass seed burden, according to one of the country’s leading arable trial sites.

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Precision biopesticide application under way

Devising a method for the precision application of fungicides and biopesticides is being investigated in a newly-commissioned project funded by innovate UK.

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Record number of pest and disease enquiries

A record number of tree pests and diseases have been reported in the last year, according to a TreeAlert system operated by Forest Research.

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Woodland Trust to end plastic tree guard use

The Woodland Trust has pledged to end the use of new plastic tree shelters from its sites by the end of the year – and is encouraging others to follow suit.

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Plan winter feed and bedding strategy sooner not later

Livestock farmers are being reminded to plan their winter feed and bedding strategy following reports of low straw stocks in some areas.

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Slurry spreading rules ‘remain unworkable’

Farm leaders are continuing to highlight industry concerns after the Environment Agency confirmed a stricter approach to spreading organic manures.

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‘Ticking time-bomb’ warning for seed disease resurgence

Farmers are being reminded to test untreated farm-saved seed for diease after Bayer recorded high levels of bunt in trial plots.

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5 tips to get combinable crops off to a good start

Dr Paul Fogg of Frontier Agriculture reveals his five tips for successful crop establishment this autumn.

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