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Farmers face fresh pesticide rules post-Brexit

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Farmers Weekly News | 0 comments

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New pesticide rules will be introduced once the UK leaves the EU, Defra minister George Eustice has revealed. But authorisation may still involve working with other EU countries, he added. “When we leave the European Union, we will put in place our own authorisation procedures,” Mr Eustice told an NFU fringe meeting at the Conservative Party conference. See also: Glyphosate given last minute stay of execution “That may still involve some kind of joint working at a technical level – […]

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Wheat harvest off 12%, barley 10%, Defra figures show

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The UK wheat harvest is 12% down on last year while the barley crop slipped 10% largely reflecting lower yields, according to an official Defra forecast. The provisional 2016 wheat estimate is put at 14.5m tonnes, down from 2015’s 16.4m tonnes, but largely in line with a five-year average of 14.7m tonnes. See also: Harvest 2016: Wheat quality good as southern crop is nearly cut Full results including yields and areas for wheat and barley, along with results for other cereal […]

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Farmer Focus: Supply what consumers want to survive Brexit

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It has been an excellent autumn for sowing cereals here at Euston. A reasonable amount of rain fell in mid-September, serving to moisten the land just enough to allow cultivators and drills to penetrate the soil and warm it enough to aid rapid germination. Again we are focused on milling wheats and seed barley to bring our future fortunes. Indeed, one could argue that we could almost key into a price that covers the cost of production – thank goodness […]

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13 tweets to sum up crop establishment pressures right now

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Farmers Weekly News | 0 comments

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Oilseed rape crops are being written off and re-drilled in parts of the UK where dry conditions mean plants are not growing away from a barrage of pest attacks. Without the protection offered from the now banned neonicotinoid seed treatments, growers are almost powerless to defend newly emerging rapeseed crops from being ravaged by cabbage stem flea beetle. While autumn showers have brought on a flurry slug damage in some areas of the country, other growers have not had the rain and […]

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Wheat growers swing to quality milling varieties

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Two wheat varieties are set to be the big winners this autumn as growers swing towards milling varieties and away from feed and to those with good disease resistance. Seed trade experts say wheat growers are looking at varieties to produce quality grain and which could be cheaper to grow to offset rising costs and low grain prices. Milling varieties Skyfall and Siskin are the top sellers with the two biggest seed suppliers Agrii and Frontier, with the former variety […]

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