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This year has seen many challenges, including difficult conditions in some areas of the country which has led to low grass growth. Now we have seen a change and recent wet weather seeing a recovery in grass growth but also making conditions difficult for some. These challenges have highlighted our dependence on grass and the…

As we enter the month of July winter cereals begin to ripen and crops are fast entering the window for harvesting as wholecrop.  All cereals (wheat, barley, oats, triticale and rye) can be successfully ensiled to produce a wholecrop silage. Provided crops have been well managed dry matter yields, starch levels and feeding value will…

Wholecrop silage can make an excellent quality forage for livestock farmers this winter. Well managed crops will provide a high quality, cost effective forage to maximise performance in your animals while maintaining rumen health.  Wholecrop silage is a good source of starch and fibre which compliments high quality grass silage by adding high quality fibre…

We are coming to the time of year when flies are always a concern, however this year more than in the past as with visits limited to once a day in most cases, fly control can become an issue.  This is even more of a worry for those whose horses are afflicted by sweet itch…

The control of annual and perennial weeds is good practice and a useful tool for productive grassland farming. Enhancing performance through maximising the yield of grass and ensuring optimum sward utilisation, which in turn can achieve a 10:1 return on spend with herbicides. Timing of herbicide applications are paramount to achieving the best results. Applications…

Late frosts are a constant worry for fruit growers. Frost injury in crops such as Apples and Pears can be catastrophic. Traditionally growers have used methods such as lighting fires overnight in flowering orchards or irrigating to try and prevent frost damage. Trials have been carried out using AminoA bio-stimulants to remediate frost damage in crops…

Improving grassland management and pasture utilisation are key drivers of farm profitability. Given the current market conditions, dairy farmers have a huge incentive to utilise and incorporate spring grass into the diet.  Grazed grass is acknowledged as the most cost effective feedstuff available, however, it is not without its limitations and challenges. If it is not…

First cut silage making is fast approaching, especially for those farmers wanting to maximise quality rather than quantity and maximise production from forage. Reseeded swards are much more efficient at utilising nitrogen to build proteins compared to older swards, even in the cold conditions experienced this spring, many of these swards will soon be at…

Last Spring saw a lot of reseeding carried out on farms across the country, with some farmers carrying out a traditional direct reseed and other’s opting for an under-sown Whole-crop, using cereal as the cover crop. Regardless of the method of reseeding, farmers have commented about the benefit in terms of response to fertiliser and…

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