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Large stocks of soya in the US, resulting from a good harvest and inability to export to China are having a dampening effect on oilseed markets, delegates at the AHDB Grain Market Outlook conference heard.
Field-scale trials carried out in Oxfordshire and Hampshire by Natural England showed that cover crops such as mustard, winter vetch and forage rye, did not significantly increase slug populations compared with wheat stubble.
With spring barley yield and quality issues being experienced in some areas, the prospects for those with good malting barley harvest look bright, particularly as the Northern European crop is under par.
While metaldehyde exceedences of the legal limit of 0.1µ/l in drinking water have fallen since 2012, academic research and collaboration with farmers aimed at reducing the risk of it entering water courses continues
Potato late blight fungicide Zorvec Enicade + Gachinko (oxathiapiprolin + amisulbrom) has shown good results in its first commercial season, although blight incidence has been lower than usual, due to the dry weather.
Farmers have been left flabbergasted by comments made by Defra’s chief scientific advisor that pesticides need to be designed out of farming systems and that the UK’s agricultural system was designed in the 19th century.