Primed with his experience as a Monitor Farm host, Warwickshire based farm manager Rob Fox is now taking an even more detailed look at ways to improve efficiency as he becomes AHDB’s latest Strategic Farm host.
An on-farm black-grass resistance diagnostic test in the style of a pregnancy test has been developed by Mologic, manufacturer of personalised diagnostics, based on work carried out by Prof Rob Edwards at Newcastle University
Anthea McIntyre, Conservative agriculture spokesman in the European Parliament, has been appointed to a special committee on pesticides and will lead as coordinator for the European Conservatives and Reformists group.
Rapid diagnostic testing for septoria and resistant black-grass and a new forecasting system to determine risks from pests and diseases were among the demonstrations at a CHAP Farmers Day, held near York
For those for whom black-grass is an increasing problem, cultural controls – particularly delayed drilling, seedbed quality and seed rates – are the first priority, followed by the right combination of pre- and peri-emergence herbicides, says independent agronomist Jonathan Olver.