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A dry summer, followed by a warm September, will give OSR growers a clearer indication of potential risks from cabbage stem flea beetle this autumn. But open autumn conditions and milder temperatures through winter will influence larvae numbers, and potential impacts on yields.
Soil is a farmer’s greatest asset, with a single teaspoon containing more living organisms than there are people living on earth. Yet what actually constitutes healthy soil is still to be fully understood.
Last autumn’s difficult establishment and high cabbage stem flea beetle pressure saw significant crop failure for most of the iOSR grower group. While remaining crops look healthy, what will be the impact of the losses?
“Families can fall apart because you have not taken any steps to sort out the future; and that is disgraceful,” says third generation farmer Abi Reader, who runs a dairy farm in partnership with her father and uncle just outside Cardiff.
With Sclerotinia posing a potentially devastating threat to oilseed rape growers, farmers are being advised to adapt their fungicide programmes to ensure protection throughout the flowering period, and to choose products with additional benefits, such as green leaf retention.
Red meat has been under the spotlight in recent years for its high environmental footprint. This comes from the amount of land, water and other resources given to rearing or growing food to feed cattle.
In the second article of our #ThisIsAgriculture campaign, Danusia Osiowy takes a closer look at one of the most significant cultural changes facing all current employers looking to recruit and retain the best in the business.
A large proportion of young people in Britain are interested in working in the food and farming sector, but their career expectations may come as a surprise to many, with job security and work/life balance coming out as top requirements for job seekers.
Oilseed rape remains by far the favoured break crop by all the growers in the iOSR group. But, the exceptionally challenging establishment conditions in the autumn, and ongoing threat of Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle in the remaining crop, has severely tested resolve this season.