Arable

Cereal acreage on the up in Northern Ireland

Cereal acreage on the up in Northern Ireland

Co. Down agronomist, Richard Owens, has confirmed a significant increase in the cereal acreage grown in Northern Ireland this year....

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FAO: Agriculture is key to lasting peace and security

FAO: Agriculture is key to lasting peace and security

The head of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has called for greater funding for agriculture...

May 20, 2022

Farmers urged to beware of bale contamination

Farmers urged to beware of bale contamination

Following a very dry start to 2022, baled silage can be prone to soil contamination due to dust and slurry...

May 18, 2022

25m tonnes of maize still in Ukrainian feed stores

25m tonnes of maize still in Ukrainian feed stores

It has been estimated that up to 25 million tonnes of maize remains in Ukrainian feed stores. This is crop...

May 17, 2022

Precision Breeding Bill a ‘major boost’ for crop innovation

Precision Breeding Bill a ‘major boost’ for crop innovation

The British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) has welcomed the announcement in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech that the UK government will...

May 11, 2022

NI cereal crops ahead of normal for time of year

NI cereal crops ahead of normal for time of year

College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (CAFRE) tillage advisors are confirming that most cereal crops in Northern Ireland are...

May 10, 2022

Import controls on plants postponed in policy U-turn

Import controls on plants postponed in policy U-turn

The government has announced that the remaining import controls on plants and plant products will no longer be introduced in...

May 8, 2022

Scientists find a new way to switch on dormant plant genes

Scientists find a new way to switch on dormant plant genes

Rothamsted scientists have found a new way to switch on dormant plant genes, one which does not require the insertion...

May 6, 2022

Caution needed to gain the full benefits of under-sowing maize

Caution needed to gain the full benefits of under-sowing maize

Growers may be keener than ever this year to keep valuable nitrates in the soil by under-sowing maize with a...

April 30, 2022

Co. Down cereal grower questions the role of a Tillage Incentive Scheme

Co. Down cereal grower questions the role of a Tillage Incentive Scheme

A Co. Down cereal grower does not believe that a measure such as a Tillage Incentive Scheme (TIS) should be...

April 30, 2022

Undersowing maize – is it an option this year?

Undersowing maize – is it an option this year?

According to grass seed breeder Barenbrug UK, some growers may be keen to keep valuable nitrates in the soil this...

April 29, 2022

BYDV hits Co. Down barley crop

BYDV hits Co. Down barley crop

A Co. Down cereal grower has confirmed that Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) has caused problems within his 2021/22 winter...

April 29, 2022

Watch: Farmland – machinery prices and farm costs

Watch: Farmland – machinery prices and farm costs

The latest episode of Farmland, which shines a light on how the current inflation and input crises are affecting two key areas...

April 26, 2022

In-field sap testing recommended for high value crops

In-field sap testing recommended for high value crops

The in-field sap testing of high value crops, such as potatoes and beet, is now being recommended by agronomists as...

April 23, 2022

High fertiliser costs create double need for top-level wheat disease management

High fertiliser costs create double need for top-level wheat disease management

High prices for fertiliser and grain are putting extra pressure on farmers not to let wheat yields slip through their...

April 22, 2022

Research: Multi-year management plan needed for leatherjackets

Research: Multi-year management plan needed for leatherjackets

Leatherjackets are causing significant challenges for farmers in the western region of Northern Ireland as they struggle to manage the...

April 15, 2022

Dietary benefits of potatoes to be showcased at World Potato Congress

Dietary benefits of potatoes to be showcased at World Potato Congress

The upcoming World Potato Congress (WPC) in Dublin will be an opportunity to showcase the true nutritional value of the...

April 15, 2022

Hundreds expected to attend World Potato Congress

Hundreds expected to attend World Potato Congress

It is anticipated that up to 800 delegates from around the world will attend the 2022 World Potato Congress (WPC),...

April 15, 2022