Sugar beet under pressure from disease risk
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.
Innovative feeder proven as badger deterrent
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
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
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.
Insect populations impacted by climate change
The appearance of new insect species, particularly grasshoppers and crickets, on the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s (GWCT) Allerton Project research farm in Leicestershire indicates that climate change is having an impact on wildlife.