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Arable Farming magazine's January 2020 digital edition

Don’t miss this month’s new look Arable Farming. Take a look at the digital edition today.

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A Word from the Editor

 

As I write, the view from my window is a spirit-li ing one of frost-covered elds sparkling in the winter sunshine. e arrival of a cold spell has provided welcome respite from the endless days of dank, wet weather and thankfully has allowed some to get on the land to drill a bit more wheat. It has been an autumn most of us will, I am sure, be glad to put behind us, although agronomically its impact will be felt for seasons to come in terms of soil structure, rotations and grass-weed control. e jury is still out, it seems, on what has or has not been planted, with large regional variations distorting the overall picture. But what is clear is the winter wheat acreage will be down and spring cropping will be up. Certainly the challenges of the autumn and plans for spring were big talking points at the CropTec Show, but what be er place to seek out answers to the myriad of agronomy, crop marketing and nancial management questions growers now face. Successful Christmas holiday printing schedules dictate that the Arable Farming team’s thoughts must now focus on the new year and that, of course, means the LAMMA Show, which returns to its new home at the NEC, Birmingham, on January 7-8 a er a highly successful move in 2019. In this special machinery-focused issue we bring you all the essential LAMMA information, including a snapshot of what will be on show, plus a veritable feast of farm-focused machinery features, from tractor test drives to user feedback on some of the latest developments in combine, sprayer and potato harvester technology and more. Away from machinery, early December brought news of the cereals and oilseed rape varieties which made it onto the AHDB Recommended Lists for 2020/2021. e newcomers o er further welcome developments in disease resistance in winter wheat and a signi cant step up in OSR yields, although the la er is unlikely to bring much comfort to growers who tried and failed to establish OSR this autumn. In our Research in Action feature this issue we discover how the new AHDB Variety Selection Tool has been developed to help growers select varieties according to their speci c requirements by exploring Recommended List data digitally (see p64-65) . You can also nd more Recommended List news at arablefarming.com And so the time has come to sign o for 2019. Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all our readers.

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