The Scottish Government has been slammed for threatening the livelihoods of farmers after Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing demanded Scotland’s ban on growing genetically modified (GM) crops be retained post-Brexit.
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.
The United States and Australia will fight the UK at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) if it chooses to adopt an EU-style approach to crop protection regulation after Brexit, according to an industry expert.
Manufacturers of crop protection products are considering stockpiling agrochemicals in warehouses in a bid to keep input costs down for farmers after Brexit, according to the chief executive of the CPA.
While the UK has been a net importer of wheat in the last three seasons, it is very likely that it will need to be a net exporter following harvest 2019, bringing a significant risk in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
The European Commission has proposed provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of urea ammonium nitrate fertilisers (UAN) from Russia, Trinidad and Tobago and the USA alongside compulsory registration of UAN imports.
Bur chervil is becoming a problem weed on many farms. NIAB’s weed expert, John Cussans says if allowed to get ahead of the crop, by May it can have as much of an impact on crop performance as black-grass.