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Emergency authorisations granted for maize seed treatments

UK regulators have granted emergency authorisations for three seed treatments for the 2024 maize growing season, after a successful lobbying campaign.

Descriptive List goes online to involve more growers

The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) is changing the format for its launch of the Descriptive List for peas and beans, to encourage pulse growers to attend.

Pea and bean varieties bring a touch of genius to 2024 spring cropping options – LSPB

Two spring bean and two combining pea varieties from breeders LS Plant Breeding Ltd (LSPB) head up the 2023 PGRO Descriptive Lists (DL). All varieties bring a set of positive agronomic characters for pulse growers planning their 2024 spring cropping.

Can tea be grown successfully on Welsh hill farms?

A Welsh hill farmer has planted 140 tea bushes around her farm in Powys, to see whether this high value crop could generate additional income for the business.

Soil health – how quickly can you reset a soil?

BASF recently revealed interim results of a five-year project designed to improve soil health and increase carbon storage, keeping land in production while ensuring there’s a home for wildlife and biodiversity.

‘Inside the Pod’: PGRO launches podcast for pea and bean growers

The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) has launched a new podcast targeted at the UK’s pea and bean sector.

Good maize potential this year – but avoid costly harvest mistakes, experts warn

Dairy farmers have an opportunity this year to clamp decent tonnages of quality maize silage, which could be a useful buffer with uncertain milk prices. But it will be crucial to avoid the top three most common harvest pitfalls.

New research project aims to kickstart domestic chickpea production

A two-year feasibility study led by crop research organisation NIAB is set to explore the potential for domestic chickpea production, which could further reduce fertiliser reliance in the UK arable sector.

Diversify grassland swards to reduce nitrogen use and boost yields

Adding clover and herbs to the mix when reseeding not only reduces the need for bought-in fertiliser, but also provides grassland swards with a boost in dry matter yield, trials by ProCam’s Field Options division have shown.

Trial to explore the wider benefits of growing flax for regenerative textiles

A new Innovative Farmers field lab is looking into the commercial viability of growing flax for linen production in Scotland while demonstrating the environmental benefits of growing the crop as part of regenerative rotations.

Baked beans could become a crop of choice for British growers

A University of Warwick research project is looking to see haricot beans, otherwise known as the classic baked bean, grown on a commercial scale in the UK to reduce food miles, improve soil structure, and extend farm rotations with a short-season, nitrogen-fixing crop desired by British growers.

Great British Pea Week celebrates blooming pea vining sector

The annual event of the UK pea industry returns for its eighth year between 3rd-9th of July 2023 to celebrate hard-working farmers who produce two billion portions of peas each year and to educate consumers about the versatile nutritional benefits of the crop.

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