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Continued unsettled weather over the last fortnight, with heavy rain at times, has caused disruption in harvest progress across most of the UK. Where combines have been active, crop yields have been somewhat variable.
Whether a useful tool for improving soil condition or a source of income, most growers consider straw as a valuable asset. But how can farmers maximise return from this commodity? Abby Kellett and Richard Bradley report.
As combines get into full swing, the importance of regular machine clean-down becomes ever-more apparent to help reduce spreading of grass-weeds. Richard Bradley reports from the recent BASF ‘keep it clean’ event.
Cereal growers are being advised to target fields with significant brome populations and identify the brome species at harvest, to ensure autumn weed control plans are appropriate to the threat, says Dow AgroSciences.
Pea yield and quality are quickly compromised when peas are left too long before harvesting. And when moisture content is allowed to fall below 12% or peas are over-dried, the proportion of ‘non-soakers’ may increase or
While robotic technology for weeding is already available, harvesting has so far proved difficult to automate, however, work at the University of Lincoln has led to development of such technology for harvesting broccoli.
Despite rain stopping play towards the end of last week, a welcome dose of sunshine has unleashed combines across much of the South, but quality is still lacking. Abby Kellett and Alan Stennett reports.
With the foundations of a successful grain drying and storage system laid by his father 50 years ago, Mark Noble has been able to evolve facilities at Puckshipton Farms to boost output. Geoff Ashcroft reports.
Norfolk grower Rob Alexander has turned his back on the headline output of one high capacity rotary combine in favour of two smaller straw walker models. Geoff Ashcroft asks whether his decision was justified.