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DON’T BE SEDUCED BY THE LOOKS

The combination of a disrupted drilling season, resulting in many later established crops and a cool month for much of August, means maize crops are maturing at different rates and Mr Richmond stresses the need to assess crops closely. “Just because crops look good in the field does not mean they are ready to harvest,”

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NEW BISCUIT WHEAT OFFERS BEST ON-FARM YIELD SECURITY

Achieving high yields and gaining a premium is always an attractive proposition for growers as they look to maximise their most profitable crop – and now with the added bonus of on-farm security, LG Astronomer makes for a really attractive package for the coming season, says Ron Granger from plant breeder Limagrain UK. LG Astronomer offers consistency in

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OPPORTUNITY FROM GROWING BISCUIT WHEATS

New biscuit wheat LG Astronomer is his variety of choice for next year, and he aims to sell his wheats into millers, Heygates and Whitworths; both of which are in the area.David and his father are tenant farmers and have been on South Pillinge Farm for over 50 years, and whilst their main business is

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LG TRIALS SHOW VALUE OF ROBUST GENETICS IN PROTECTING MARGIN

With the top oilseed rape varieties on the 2021/22 AHDB Recommended List, and some of the highest yielding wheat and barley varieties, there is much interest in Limagrain UK’s breeding programme. In response to this, last autumn Limagrain invested in a wide range of new demonstration variety trials sites, whilst also maintaining those that were already

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RECENT STORMS SHOWCASE VALUE OF POD SHATTER RESISTANCE

Across certain areas of the country many oilseed rape crops have been devastated by the storms whilst others have been left relatively unscathed, showing very clearly the value of pod shatter resistance. Pod shatter is a natural process for seed dispersion in oilseed rape, however on farm it can result in significant seed loss caused

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TRIALS SHOW VALUE OF ROBUST GENETICS IN PROTECTING MARGIN

With the top seven oilseed rape varieties on the 2021/22 AHDB Recommended List, and some of the highest yielding wheat and barley varieties, there is much interest in Limagrain UK’s breeding programme.In response to this, last autumn Limagrain invested in a wide range of demonstration variety trials, at both of its sites at Woolpit near Bury St

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BUILDING HIGH YIELDING WHEAT VARIETIES WITH DISEASE RESISTANCE

For the last two seasons, there has been so little opportunity to have any shared experiences or learnings, so the chance to come together this year has been welcomed. Adhering to Covid regulations, small groups visited several stations across the site; each one focusing on different wheat types. With the increasing loss of crop protection

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ONE THIRD OF UK OSR CROPS AT RISK FROM TURNIP YELLOWS VIRUS

Turnips yellows virus (TuYV) is transmitted by aphids and it is believed that 70% of the most common aphid, peach potato aphids (Myzus persicae) carry it. Work carried out at Brooms Barn a decade ago, showed a 30% yield penalty where levels of the virus were high and infection occurred early in the crop’s life.Since

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SEA FRONT FARMING NEEDS ROBUST VARIETIES

Working with soils which vary from cold clay to light loams, he is trying to increase carbon content with applications of muck from the livestock, straw and widening rotations. For the arable part of the farm, a transition is ongoing to direct drill from min-till. Mr Aynsley says: “We are working towards direct drilling everything,

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LG Anarion

LG Anarion is a clubroot resistant, fully loaded hybrid with the security of RLM7, TuYV and pod shatter resistance. It has very strong early vigour and exceptional winter hardiness which has allowed it to perform very strongly on the continent in areas where club root is endemic. LG Anarion has performed well in the UK

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Amarone

A high yielding TuYV resistant conventional, with strong autumn and spring vigour and early maturity. Amarone is an open pollinated variety with very high yield potential across all regions of the UK. Amarone is another of the LG varieties to contain crucial TuYV resistance, a trait which is invaluable in areas with high aphid pressures

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THE VALUE OF VIGOUR

Liam Wilkinson, technical arable officer with breeders Limagrain UK discusses the approach that Limagrain takes to measure vigour and how this value can be used by growers to optimize establishment in their oilseed rape crops.Industry wide there is much debate about the value of vigour in oilseed rape varieties – reflecting the challenges the crop

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LG CRUSOE STILL RELIABLY HITTING 13% PROTEIN TO WIN YEN

Crusoe has been the variety of choice for Hampshire-based wheat farmer Simon Budden of Netherley Farm since 2013 due to the reliability with which it hits the magic 13% protein mark to receive a full premium. Last year was his first entry into the YEN.“The great thing about the YEN report is the detailed analysis of

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BEET THE POWER!

“Yields are typically between 70 and 80 tonnes per hectare – and with new genetics can be up to 100 tonnes per hectare – with MEs typically between 13 and 13.5 megajoules per kilogramme of dry matter in good varieties,” says the company’s forage crops manager John Spence.“This level of energy competes with maize,” he

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New fodder beet ‘in the pink’

Added to the National List in 2020, and marketed by Limagrain UK, this pink-skinned, conical-shaped beet combines a dry matter content of between 20% and 21% with a relatively high proportion of its root (40%) out of the ground, leaving only 60% in the ground. “This unique combination makes it one of the best fodder

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lg Diablo’s malting marathon

  In fact in its journey through the processing plant from the lorry through to its metamorphosis into malt, each barley grain travels almost the same distance as the height of Mount Snowdon (1,085m). Eddie Douglas, commercial director of Bairds Malt, takes us on the journey the grain has to travel to convert it into to high

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New guide provides comprehensive blueprint to conservation and gamecover crops

This 36-page guide includes crops for attracting farmland birds and pollinators, as well as grass field margins and in wildflower areas.  It has a comprehensive section for gamecover crops including maize, sorghums, kale, and autumn sown catch crop options. Importantly, the guide has a clear two-page summary to the crops that fulfil each Countryside Stewardship

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Fosyma

Fosyma fodder beet is a new variety (National listed 2020). It has been bred to provide a high energy feed for dairy, beef and can be mechanically harvested or grazed in situ. Fosyma grows approx. 40% out of the ground, making the crop very easy to utilise.  

Limagrain’s Oilseed Rape varieties continue to dominate for the second year running on the 2021-2022 AHDB Recommended List

All of the top six yielding oilseed rape varieties on this year’s Recommended List (RL) have come from the breeders stable, reinforcing the success of its ‘trait loading’ approach in providing UK growers with varieties that are robust and deliver consistently across seasons and regions. Two exciting new varieties join these top six on the

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A quartet of new biscuits from Limagrain

Limagrain UK has a reputation for producing great biscuit wheat varieties, from Claire to more recently Zulu and Britannia. This strong breeding line continues with the introduction of four new Group 3 biscuit varieties for the 2021/22 AHDB Recommended List: LG Prince, LG Illuminate, LG Quasar and LG Astronomer. These new varieties offer an improvement

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Moving up in the 2021-2022 PGRO Descriptive List

“Yield is the most important factor for spring beans, and is a major focus in our breeding programme,” notes Will Pillinger, pulse breeder at Limagrain UK. “The success of this approach can be seen as LG Raptor moves closer to recommendation offering extremely high yield potential that could see it outyielding the market leader by

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Full brewing & malt distilling approval for Limagrain’s spring barley, LG Diablo

LG Diablo is now the highest yielding spring barley variety with full approval for both brewing and malt distilling on the 2020/21 AHDB Recommended List, says Matt Shand, UK national sales manager for Limagrain UK. “With this recent approval, LG Diablo now holds the title of being dual-use, demonstrating the robustness of its quality characteristics,

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Dignity Forage Maize

Top quality, high yielding maize from an early harvest! Dignity is very early maturing, with high starch and cell wall digestibility content.