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Rape variety tops northern yields for the fourth year and excels in the south

News Last edited 20/08/14
With recent reports that oilseed rape crops in the north of the country are out-performing those in the south, the conventional variety Anastasia leads this with the highest yields in recommended trials for the fourth year in a row.

New listed building consent report highlights urgent need for reform

News Last edited 20/08/14
The CLA has highlighted the urgent need to reform the current “dysfunctional” listed building consent system with its backing of a new report by the Listed Buildings Initiative.

Sugar beet under pressure from disease risk

News Last edited 18/08/14
East Anglian sugar beet crops have had an outstanding growing season, with real potential for high yields if crops can be kept clean and green through the autumn. However, Simon Roberts from Syngenta, reported trials at the company’s Innovation Centre near Rougham, Suffolk, have shown untreated plots are now severely affected by Rust and Ramularia - highlighting the current disease pressures.

BASF to supply beetle traps in wake of neonic withdrawal

News Last edited 18/08/14
BASF is supplying free yellow water traps to help oilseed rape growers determine the threat of crop damage from the cabbage stem flea beetle.

Innovative feeder proven as badger deterrent

News Last edited 18/08/14
A recent trial undertaken at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) revealed how limiting badger access to mineral licks, blocks and tubs with an innovative feeder design will improve on-farm biosecurity.

New project to improve pig welfare

News Last edited 18/08/14
Animal welfare scientists are helping Sainsbury’s identify ‘good mums’ for free farrowing systems on their pig farms. It is hoped the results will encourage more of their farmers to switch to higher welfare systems where the pregnant sow can be kept loose during and after the birth of her piglets.

Soil Association Awards deadline extended

News Last edited 18/08/14
The Soil Association has announced that the deadline for their Innovation Awards has been extended until Tuesday 26th August. Now in their second year, the awards showcase the most innovative approaches to sustainable, low-impact farming and growing.

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