Technical News from Plantsystems

National Fruit Show - Agrovista, Stand K21

18 October 2017

New staff and novel products add to Agrovista's fruit expertise.
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National Fruit Show - Agrovista, Stand K21

18 October 2017

New staff and novel products add to Agrovista's fruit expertise.
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Project Lamport leads fight against resistant blackgrass

17 October 2017

Spring drilling on heavy land can help control blackgrass - but reverting to winter cropping too soon can quickly undo the good work, a
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Project Lamport leads fight against resistant blackgrass

17 October 2017

Spring drilling on heavy land can help control blackgrass - but reverting to winter cropping too soon can quickly undo the good work, a
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Talking Agronomy with Chris Martin: Getting the most from residual herbicides

16 October 2017

Chris Martin discusses residual herbicides in October's issue of Arable Farming Magazine.
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Talking Agronomy with Chris Martin: Getting the most from residual herbicides

16 October 2017

Chris Martin discusses residual herbicides in October's issue of Arable Farming Magazine.
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Agronomy Update - East, Craig Green

04 October 2017

Weed control, both short and long term, has come to the fore this month for Norfolk-based Agrovista agronomist Craig Green.
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Agronomy Update - East, Craig Green

04 October 2017

Weed control, both short and long term, has come to the fore this month for Norfolk-based Agrovista agronomist Craig Green.
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Cover Crop + Direct Drilled Spring Wheat = Best Blackgrass Control

04 September 2017

Latest results from Agrovista's Project Lamport show spring drilling on heavy land can be reliably achieved season after season to
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Cover Crop + Direct Drilled Spring Wheat = Best Blackgrass Control

04 September 2017

Latest results from Agrovista's Project Lamport show spring drilling on heavy land can be reliably achieved season after season to
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To spray or not to spray?

23 August 2017

For many it's been a relatively low-pressure few months for blight - CPM looks at a new decision-support system that can provide guidance on spray intervals.
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To spray or not to spray?

23 August 2017

For many it's been a relatively low-pressure few months for blight - CPM looks at a new decision-support system that can provide guidance on spray intervals.
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Sustainable maize farming

01 August 2017

Undersowing trial promotes sustainable maize farming.
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More than meets the eye

26 July 2017

Spotting problems in potato fields often happens late in the day - CPM learns how an eye-in the sky is being used to improve crop monitoring and performance.
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The pivotal point of managing precision

25 July 2017

In its July issue, Crop Production Magazine explores Agrovista's Axis and the advancements that precision technology has made.
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Beet gains from putting soil first

24 July 2017

Early results from Norfolk trials show strip tillage combined with cover crops could help boost sugar beet margins. CPM takes a closer look.
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Fruit Focus: Botanicoir - Stand 302

18 July 2017

Game-changing new product to be launched at Fruit Focus.
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Crop Watch - Spud Special: 23rd June 2017

04 July 2017

On 4 June we were reflecting on a straightforward planting season for tatties having just been completed, with crops emerging and
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The connected approach to crop control

30 June 2017

The historical role of the agronomist is to provide technical crop protection advice to their farmer clients, but this role may be changing.
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Agronomy Update - South West, Esme Shepard

12 June 2017

Crops in the south of England are catching up after timely rains in mid-May, but some agronomy tweaks will be needed, says Agrovista agronomist Esme Shephard.
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Drones take to the skies

09 June 2017

Precision farming technology is pushing forwards, as Agrovista explains in its 2017 sponsored article.
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Agronomy Update - East, Craig Green

08 June 2017

Agrovista agronomist Craig Green provides an insight into some wheat and oilseed rape varieties that are giving stand-out performances this season.
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Two precision farming strategies put to the test

07 June 2017

As part of a long-term trial pro­gramme, Agrovista is investigating the use of 'improvement' and 'optimisation' precision farming strat
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Making the most of data

07 June 2017

Farm businesses can now capture a staggering amount of data, but what can you do with it?
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Press Release: Enhanced metaldehyde stewardship launched for 2017

02 June 2017

The Metaldehyde Stewardship Group has launched an enhanced campaign for 2017 to ensure maximum protection of the environment, and in particular birds, small mammals, and water.
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It's been a strong start for tatties - but is a surplus on the horizon?

02 June 2017

What a difference a year makes to the potato market, Agrovista's Andy Steven said  this week.
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New app sizes up potato prospects

01 June 2017

Potato growers could find sizing potatoes from test digs much easier in the future thanks to a new mobile app developed by the James Hutton Institute and Agrovista.
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Talking Agronomy: Chris Martin, Early nitrogen looks set to pay divends

31 May 2017

I think a 'mixed bag' is the best phrase to describe crops across the region - forward, thick crops where nitrogen was applied in good
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Press Release: Assessing potato size pre-harvest - now a reality with the PotatoSize™ app

30 May 2017

Test digs to assess tuber size are taken for granted as a tried-and-tested part of the crop season however, technology is about to give
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Crop Watch - Spud Special: 26th May 2017

26 May 2017

Planting is all but complete in the north of Scotland, with growers enjoying a pretty much unbroken run at this season's crop esta
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Trials show cover crops key for blackgrass control at commercial N rates

15 May 2017

Profitable cereal production in fields with high blackgrass counts is possible, according to initial results from Agrovista nitrogen dose/cover crop trials in spring wheat.
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Spectacular results at blackgrass site

12 May 2017

Efforts to tackle blackgrass have produced some "spectacular" results on a trial site at Somerfield Court, Sellindge, just to the east of Ashford.
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Agronomy Update - East

11 May 2017

Agrovista agronomist Craig Green provides some tips to help growers manage stressed maize crops this spring.
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Talking Agronomy: Chris Martin, Maximising yield potential

10 May 2017

Most crops are showing a lot of potential and our decisions and actions over the next couple of months are going to be crucial in ensuring we maximise that potential.
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Giving maize and potato crops a head start

09 May 2017

The maize area in Leictershire has increased this season - Agrovista agronomist Bob Smart provides some tips on early weed control, vital to optimise early crop growth.
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Careers in Horticulture - Agronomist

08 May 2017

Horticulture Week has enlisted the help of Paul Bennett to discuss forging a career as an agronomist in their article looking at horticulture employment options.
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Hutton Criteria - A positive step forward for controlling late blight

08 May 2017

In its May issue, The Vegetable Farmer spoke to some leading potato growers and agronomists to get their thoughts on the Hutton Criteria.
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Crop Watch - Spud Special

04 May 2017

Planting continues apace in the north of Scotland and most seed growers made a start in the past fortnight.
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Maize forms a key element of ration for prize-winning herd

27 April 2017

Milk producer Peter Baul and Agrovista agronomist Sam Luty discuss the topic of growing maize in April's issue of Northern Farmer magazine.
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Video: Crop Walk and Talk... with Steven Gate

07 April 2017

In this month's Crop Walk and Talk Steven Gate of Agrovista, highlights the agronomic issues affecting wheat, barley and oilseed rape crops near Penrith, Cumbria.
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Be aggressive at this busy time

06 April 2017

Growers' to-do lists have become a whole lot longer now that spring is well and truly here, says Agrovista agronomist Luke Hardy
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Smart spraying to flatten Fusarium

06 April 2017

In the latest in our series on spray application development, Agrovista's Mark Palmer highlights key finds from pan-European trials to
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All bases covered in new sugar beet trials

06 April 2017

Trials in Norfolk to investigate the benefits of combining cover crops with strip drilling to improve sugar beet establishment and yields are showing promise after just one year.
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Arable: Agronomy Update - South West

04 April 2017

Pest and disease management in oilseed rape and grassland weed control are two key areas that Agrovista agronomist Esme Shephard is keeping close tabs on.
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Arable: Agronomy Update - East

04 April 2017

Agrovista agronomist Craig Green is offering a new perspective on crop agronomy this season
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Talking Agronomy: Chris Martin, Tackling a dynamic disease season

04 April 2017

The days have gone where we can rescue the situation with reliable eradicant chemistry
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Ryegrass control: How difficult is it becoming?

30 March 2017

Whilst it often does not command  the same headlines as resistant blackgrass, difficult ryegrass has now become an equally big problem for many arable growers.
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Spud Watch: Early planting under way in Scotland

30 March 2017

Growers in the north of Scotland have had a typical Scottish spring during March with every season being present at some stage.
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Technology is flying on UK arable farms

22 March 2017

Over 30% of farms are now routinely using some form of 'precision' technology according to Lewis McKerrow.
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Morley Farms finds a companion with Agrovista

17 March 2017

Morley farms has hosted large scale field trials as part of Agrovista’s Grow Crop Gold project for a number of years.
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Tackling fungal diseases

17 March 2017

Cereal crops have come through the winter well in the North, but growers must keep on top of fungal diseases in order to maximise yield potential this season.
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470 years of customer loyalty

16 March 2017

At the opening of Agrovista's new Shrewsbury depot, 10 long-standing customers were each presented with a thank-you gift by county NFU
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Agrovista Cider Growers Technical Seminar

14 March 2017

More than 60 growers of cider apples from Herefordshire and Worcestershire attended the Agrovista Cider Growers Technical Seminar held at Ledbury in Herefordshire in January.
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Correct adjuvant application for maximum fungicide success

10 March 2017

Few larger sprayers, particularly those with booms of 36m or more, are capable of spraying at 50cm above the leaf target, the ideal hei
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Talking Agronomy: Chris Martin - Creating the optimum OSR canopy

09 March 2017

Most oilseed rape crops across the region have come through early winter fairly well.
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Early season crops update

08 March 2017

Rob Purvis reviews how crops are faring after the recent cold snap in the South East and assesses the early season to-do list
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Agrovista expands fruit agronomy team with two appointments

08 March 2017

Agrovista has strengthened its national fruit agronomy team with two new appointments, covering the West Midlands and South of England.
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New pest and disease models for forecasting service

07 March 2017

Two new models are to be added to Growers Choice Interactive (GCI), Agrovista's online pest and disease forecasting service for top fruit growers.
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Technology's flying on the UK's arable farms

03 March 2017

Over 30% of farms are now routinely using some form of'precision'technology according to Lewis McKerrow of Agrovista.
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Best practice cover crop destruction

02 March 2017

Cover crop destruction is next on the agenda for many growers, with some looking to spray off cover crops as soon as conditions allow.
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How adjuvants and application techniques improve agchem efficacy

03 February 2017

The vast majority of adjuvant efficacy trials have been conducted using the same traditional small plot trials used to evaluate biologi
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High output scanning for essential soil data

31 January 2017

Worried about declining organic matter in your soil?  Suffolk-based Mount Liming is working in partnership with Agrovista, using t
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Talking Agronomy: Chris Martin - Feeling optimistic after an open autumn

31 January 2017

Most crops are in a good position to handle what the rest of winter has to offer
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First multi-pest pheromone disruption system launched

27 January 2017

After three years of UK trials, BASF, working with Agrovista, has launched the first multi-pest pheromone disruption system, named RAK3+4.
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Maize yield companion

18 January 2017

In 2016 Pottinger and Agrovista ran a season long trial at Reaseheath College in Cheshire.  The trials coordinator Robert Yardley reports.
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Heavy land black-grass project launched in Kent

12 January 2017

Agrovista has set up a new trial site in the South East, investigating ways to control difficult black-grass.
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New trials sites provide tough test for grass weed management strategies

12 January 2017

Agrovista is extending its research into difficult-to-control grass weeds with two new trials sites, one in County Durham investigating
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New approach to pest control for Top Fruit

12 January 2017

The name RAK®3+4 may be new in the UK but this phermone looks set to become very well-known as it seriously upsets the love life of
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Agronomy insight

12 January 2017

Crop agronomy is undergoing enormous change.  New technology promises much, but tightening legislation and a tough market are hitting core agrochemical business.
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Talking Agronomy - Chris Martin: Thinking about soil in 2017

09 January 2017

"If there is nowhere for water to go, it doesn't matter how good your soil structure is"
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AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds: New Monitor Farm for Morayshire

09 January 2017

Corksie Farm, on the Morayshire coast, has been selected as the eighth of nine new monitor farms being established in Scotland...
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New approach to pest control for top fruit

03 January 2017

The name RAK®3+4 may be new in the UK but this pheromone looks set to become very well-known as it seriously upsets the love life o
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Claas boosts precision farming offering for 2017

31 December 2016

Telemetry, auto-steering and crop-sensing technology are all part of a series of upgrades for precision farming technology from Claas f
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Central role for soil leads to less time on tractor

23 December 2016

A proactive approach to weed control has led to innovative rotations and a focus on soil health on one South Yorkshire farm.
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Blight spray programmes and T3 focus

15 June 2015

Agrovista agronomist Craig Green will be using a new fungicide in his potato blight programmes this season and plans for wheat T3s and OSR desiccation are also taking shape.
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New precision farming tools on show at Cereals

11 June 2015

Two new web tools - one focused on calculating seed rates and other on weather forecasting - were unveiled at Cereals this year to help growers maximise crop potential.
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Blackgrass control is key cover crops target

08 June 2015

Agrovista's Chris Martin believes the key to using cover crops effectively is to choose the most appropriate mix for the specific purpo
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The OSR drill line up

08 June 2015

This year, the attention is focusing even more on precision drilling and the best way forward in practical terms on farm, says Mr Martin.
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Meeting unique demands with home-made drill

05 June 2015

Despite the number of different drilling solutions on the market for OSR, it did not put off one North Yorkshire grower from building his own to meet an exacting criteria.
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Autumn cover crop/spring wheat sequence offers new approach to managing black-grass

04 June 2015

New solutions to help control resistant black-grass are needed urgently, especially on heavy soils where the weed is most troublesome,
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MapIT Pro data manager

04 June 2015

MapIT Pro data manager will be launched ahead of the 2016 cropping season, part of the Agrovista Axis software, this pioneering web-bas
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Cloud-based agronomy tool now live

04 June 2015

Axis, Agrovista's new cloud-based data management system, will put an end to growers disparate farm data sources.
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Cereals Preview: Around the stands

04 June 2015

New varieties, techniques and agronomic expertise will abound at Cereals 2015.
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Two into one brings a novel synergy

04 June 2015

Putting 2,4-D into glyphosate is an innovation that goes further than a product with good efficacy on tough broadleaf weeds in stubbles and grassland.
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Later arrival plays catch-up?

04 June 2015

Vigour is reputedly Fencer's greatest strength, and this may help it peer from behind the shadow cast by Harper.
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Kyleo takes care of coltsfoot concern

04 June 2015

It was a problem with coltsfoot that prompted Agrovista agronomist Chris Thorman, based near Haddington in East Lothian, Scotland to tr
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Accurate forecasting service

04 June 2015

Agrovista will be exhibiting the new Plantsystems weather forecast on Stand 427, which aims to offer the most accurate weather predicti
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Neil Buchanan: Keeping on top of things in a crucial month for crops

01 June 2015

May always brings a surge of activity and it is a crucial month for our crops.
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Balance the key for tatties

30 May 2015

Variety choice and targe market are the biggest decisions a grower will have had to influence the bottom line of a tattie enterprise th
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Top Tips for managing cereal and oilseed rape crops

29 May 2015

Jane Craigie quizzes Agrovista's North-east agronomist, Stewart Rothnie, about his recommendations for cereal and oilseed rape (OSR) cr
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Crop plots

22 May 2015

New varieties, techniques and agronomic expertise will abound at Cereals 2015
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New fireblight early warning system

20 May 2015

Agrovista has added the notifiable disease Fireblight to its cloud-based pest and disease forecasting service for top fruit growers: Gr
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Spud Special: Cold Spring slows down crop emergence

18 May 2015

The Scottish spring, reliable as ever, has managed to provide the usual four seasons in one day for the best part of a month now.
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Spray it right!

11 May 2015

Speaking at the Agrovista Winter Technical Seminar in February, Bill Basford, independent mechanisation advisor, spoke about getting the best from orchard sprayers.
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New fireblight early warning service from Agrovista

11 May 2015

Fireblight is the latest disease to be included in Agrovista's cloud-based pest and disease forecasting service for top fruit growers, Growers Choice Interactive.
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New Agrovista software on show at Cereals will help maximise returns

11 May 2015

Agrovista is launching two online tools at Cereals 2015 to help farmers manage their seed and chemical inputs more effectively to help ensure the best return on these investments.
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Agrovista introduces fireblight warning system for top fruit

11 May 2015

Agrovista fruit agronomist Alex Radu said "There is no chemical cure available for fireblight, so growers have to rely on copper-based
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New fireblight early warning service from Agrovista

11 May 2015

Fireblight is the latest disease to be included in Agrovista's cloud-based pest and disease forecasting service for top fruit growers, Growers Choice Interactive.
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Cultural control can halt the black-grass menace

09 May 2015

Battling the scourge of black-grass is a constant thorn in the side of the region’s arable farmers.
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Getting the most from pre-em potato herbicides

08 May 2015

Weed control and early blight management are at the top of potato growers' to-do lists, says Agrovista agronomist Craig Green
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New Agrovista software on show at Cereals will help maximise return

08 May 2015

Agrovista is launching two online tools at Cereals 2015 to help farmers manage their seed and chemical inputs more effectively to help ensure the best return on these investments.
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Agrovista introduces fireblight warning system for top fruit

08 May 2015

Agrovista's top-fruit pest and disease forecasting service Growers Choice Interactive now includes early warning of fireblight risk for subscribers.
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New Agrovista software on show at Cereals will help maximise return on inputs

08 May 2015

Agrovista is launching two online tools at Cereals 2015 to help farmers manage their seed and chemical inputs more effectively to help ensure the best return on these investments.
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A need to push for yield to counter lower prices

02 May 2015

Is this the season to really push crop yields? - Agrovista's Chris Martin thinks it might be.
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Neil Buchanan: Frustration as weather compromises treatments

01 May 2015

Spring can be awfully frustrating when the weather decides to turn against you.
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False sense of security over disease prevention

24 April 2015

While crop disease has been checked by the weather, don't be lulled into a false sense of security, is the warning to growers in Scotla
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Maize pre-em sprays will keep early weeds in check

24 April 2015

Pre-emergence herbicide sprays should play a key part in maize growing programmes this season even where soils are dry.
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Smartphones apps pervade production grassroots

22 April 2015

Smartphone technology is making its mark in farms and helping to transform the way the UK grows fresh produce.
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Trials assess impact in field

22 April 2015

What is the impact of drift or of drift-reducing technologies on product performance?
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We are making big data into vital tool

18 April 2015

Precision farming is here to stay, whether it's something as simple as a tractor guidance box in the vehicle's cab, the more progressiv
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Precision tools here to stay - so get using them

14 April 2015

There are as many strong advocates of precision farming tools as there are protagonists, so who's winning the debate?  Agronomist
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Evening out the crop makes a good harvest

14 April 2015

Agronomists and growers consider the value of PGR in rape
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Strobs key to unlocking oilseed rape yield potential

14 April 2015

Protect against disease and keep the crop greener for longer
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Agrovista Winter Technical Seminar

14 April 2015

Agrovista look set to fly as their new information services for growers were outlined at February's Winter Technical Seminars.
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Shape of the soil remains a critical factor

10 April 2015

Prices have been disappointing but it remains a popular crop.
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Sclerotinia rise needs preventative plan

10 April 2015

With the fall in oilseed rape prices, growers are going to have to spend money wisely on their crops in order to protect yield and quality.
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Robust fungicide strategy vital to protect cereal yields

10 April 2015

T0 spraying has begun in earnest but cereal growers will need to maintain a robust fungicide programme this season, says our technical
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Strobilurin sprays key to unlocking rape potential

09 April 2015

Prudent use of oilseed rape fungicides against yield-robbing diseases such as sclerotinia, light leaf spot and verticilium are likely t
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Early warning system helps growers beat apple canker

08 April 2015

Apple growers have a new weapon to help control the potentially devastating canker fungus thanks to an innovative early-warning system
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Neil Buchanan: Ground conditions have been thwarting progress

01 April 2015

I am still struggling to tidy up outstanding jobs left over from the autumn and a combination of ground conditions and lack of suitable spray days continues to thwart progress.
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Topical tips for better fungicide delivery

28 March 2015

A few simple steps to improve fungicide application can deliver big benefits in terms of disease control, especially when spray timings
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Oilseed rape hit by cabbage stem flea beetle larvae

27 March 2015

Few options for controlling larvae
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Protect early to stay ahead

27 March 2015

The aim with cereal disease control must be to remain in a protectant situation for as long as possible to keep ahead of this season's
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Topical tips for better disease control

24 March 2015

A few simple steps to improve fungicide application can deliver big benefits in terms of disease control, especially when spray timings
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Spud special: Lift in ware potatoes leaving store

23 March 2015

Growers in the north are starting to focus on this year's potato crop, but the legacy of last season remains and whatever sector they are involved in.
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Update on companion plants

18 March 2015

Trials have exceeded all expectations, reports Agrovista
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Agrovistas development projects - a practical approach

18 March 2015

A new outlook on trials is needed to find out what will work best
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Get prepared for grass weed control in wheat

18 March 2015

Capitalise on the good job done by pre-emergence herbicides
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Look out for two new pests

18 March 2015

Fruit growers were warned about the brown marmorated stink bug and the spotted wing drosophila at Agrovista's top fruit seminar, report
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New tool tackles canker fungus

18 March 2015

Rachel Anderson reports on an addition to Agrovista's Growers Choice Interactive
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Strobs are key to unlocking OSRs yield potential

18 March 2015

Fungicides that help build output are vital to maximising margins
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Advice on drilling spring crops into cover crops

16 March 2015

Growing an autumn-established cover crop of black oats and vetch followed by a spring crop can help control resistant blackgrass while
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Agrovista Technical Seminar for cider apple growers

16 March 2015

More than 90 delegates attended the Agrovista Cider Growers Technical Seminar held in Ledbury, Hereforshire in February.
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Hybrid rye has potential to be the new second wheat

15 March 2015

Hybrid rye could eventually take a chunk of the UK wheat area by delivering attractive margins and bringing major rotational benefits a
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Aiming for rapid growth this autumn

07 June 2014

Good establishment of oilseed rape is critical if a crop is to have any chance of meeting its true potential.
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Improving yields and crop consistency

07 June 2014

Just as there are many roads to Rome, there are many ways to establish oilseed rape.
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North-east tattie crops off to a good start

07 June 2014

Potato growers north of Aberdeen are enjoying a ‘land of milk and honey’ in contrast to their southern counterparts, accord
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Helping farming meet challenges of the future

06 June 2014

With spending on crop protection research shrinking in Europe, the farming industry has to find other technology to help it maintain -
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Flag leaf application: make more from your fungicide

06 June 2014

With several years of replicated application trials, Agrovista is uniquely able to advise on how best to apply flag leaf in winter whea
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Trials assess impact in field

06 June 2014

What is the impact of drift or of drift-reducing technologies on product performance?
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Online hub joins the dots to integrate vital information

06 June 2014

Agrovista is trying to tackle the yield plateau by integrating multiple sources of information and putting it at growers' fingertips
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Technical performance and agronomic expertise

06 June 2014

Growers and agronomists will find a treasure trove of technological developments alongside the very latest thinking in crop management
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Talking Arable: Iain Green

05 June 2014

Iain Green farms in partnership with his parents Jimmy and Nan Green at Garmouth, Morayshire.
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Neil Buchanan: Time flies in the spring

05 June 2014

May has come round again and arable prospects continue to look encouraging.
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Cloud-based hub integrates multiple data sources

05 June 2014

An innovative, online grower ‘hub’ bringing together three key functions – agri-business information, field recording
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Agrovista trials help fine tune outputs

04 June 2014

While in many cases output needs to be sacrificed for efficacy, with some products the need for timeliness favours increasing outputs, says Agrovista’s Mark Hemmant.
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Agronomy Update

03 June 2014

Potato blight, weed control in maize and planning for wheat T3 fungicides are keeping growers occupied across the eastern counties.
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Behind every cloud…

03 June 2014

Agrovista has launched a ‘cloud-based’ system for growers to bring all their precision farming needs together.  Dominic Kilburn reports.
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In the clouds with Agrovista

02 June 2014

The ever increasing wealth of knowledge and data in the hands of farmers and growers gives them many benefits in the search for increas
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Agrovista’s integrated precision agronomy platform

30 May 2014

National agronomy services business Agrovista has grouped all its precision agriculture activities under the Plantsystems banner, and w
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Adaption and organic lesson hold key to fighting canker

30 May 2014

Canker (Nectria) has become such a problem that growers need to adapt their orchard-management programmes to better tackle the disease
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Crop Watch South: Crucial to stay on top of spetoria at T3

27 May 2014

The most advanced wheat crops are starting to boot, but at the time of writing (May 26) we haven't got any emerged ears in my area, but they won't be long coming.
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Agrovista Select - Development Innovations

26 May 2014

A new Development Approach to controlling Blackgrass loos at different development approaches to help in the constant battle to control blackgrass.
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Bayer debuts with strong phoma score

26 May 2014

The first UK plant variety from a company better known for its crop protection products is bound to attract attention.
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Turning field data into usuable information

26 May 2014

With the advent of new management systems, the information generated by precision farming systems is about to take on a whole new value.
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Merging new technology with agronomic expertise

23 May 2014

Cutting-edge precision farming technology brings enormous advantages when married to expert agronomic advice.  Both will be in plentiful supply at Cereals.
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Cereals 2014: Where to earn professional development points

20 May 2014

Plenty of BASIS and NRoSO points are available at Cereals 2014.
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All hell breaks loose in April

19 May 2014

Until now, most decisions and timings have had a degree of flexibility but all that ceases as the peak growing season kicks in.
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fungicide timings under pressure as disease levels rise

16 May 2014

Yellow rust is an 'ever-present threat'
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New online crop management system trialled by Moray farm

14 May 2014

A new online grower hub could revolutionise the way farmers manage and treat their crops, according to a leading agronomy firm.
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Online hub for growers aims to beat crop yield plateau

12 May 2014

Uniting precision farming techniques with specialist weather service is the rationale behind Agrovista’s new service for growers, as Chris Lyddon reports.
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Causes of variation in weed control

12 May 2014

Mark Hemmant of Agrovista suggests the weed control difficulties growers are having are partly due to withdrawal of key pesticides.
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Right mix will ensure crops are disease free

09 May 2014

The jobs list on arable farms in the South West has been growing, with fungicide applications to control high levels of disease foremos
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R&D sees agriculture hit the fast forward button

08 May 2014

Technology is helping crop production develop apace, says Agrovista boss Glenn Aungles.
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On-farm weather stations improve forecast accuracy

07 May 2014

Keeping an eye on the weather forecast is an essential part of being a grower and having a better understanding of what it is likely to
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Light leaf spot warning for OSR growers

07 May 2014

The risk of a light leaf spot epidemic in oilseed rape crops is high and growers are being warned that additional fungicide sprays might be needed to keep the disease at bay.
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Brothers battle for top world wheat yields

07 May 2014

Plentiful supplies of water from irrigation is behind one wheat grower's attempt at a top yield this season, as he hopes to keep the world wheat record in the family.
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Early warning helps growers react to weather, wet or dry

14 April 2014

Accurate live and forecast information from Plantsystems is invaluable in helping producers plan their working week, says the Agrovista
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Your (very) local forecast...

14 April 2014

Plantsystems' Daily Forecast Xtra service combines a farm's local weather forecast with data from weather stations sited on the farm it
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The office is wherever you are

14 April 2014

With precision farming comes a wealth of data capture and it all has to be managed, stored and made accessible to those needing to evaluate and use information.
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Septoria the focus in the North

04 April 2014

Crop management in the north of England needs careful planning over the next few weeks to turn good potential into reality
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Neil Buchanan: Fine-tuning fungicide programmes

01 April 2014

True to form, March has come in like a lamb - and I hope that is where any similarity to the old adage ends.
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Disease control a priority

01 April 2014

The job list on arable farms is growing with fungicide applications foremost in growers' minds
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Tackle sclerotinia early to avoid OSR yield loss

01 April 2014

Improved gross margin potential for oilseed rape through better varietal choice and higher crop values has seen rotations tighten and more acres being grown.
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Focus on Mildew

01 April 2014

Delaying fungicide applications only exacerbate disease issues later
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Crop Watch South: Avoid insecticides when bees are active

31 March 2014

Many rape fields are now starting to turn yellow(ish) and with warm weather forecast for the next week, many will get to early flowering very quickly.
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Threshold advice highlighted as pollen beetles make a move

24 March 2014

Growers urged to inspect crops regularly
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R & D sees agriculture hit the fast-forward button

24 March 2014

Technology is helping crop production develop apace, says Agrovista boss Glenn Aungles
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Fruit growers advised to seek range of pollinators

24 March 2014

Delegates at Agrovista fruit technical seminar advised to encourage a range of insects to maximise top-fruit production
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Foliar Nitrogen on oilseed rape pays dividends

19 March 2014

Four leading agricultural companies have joined ADAS to study and lead research into the effect of late Nitrogen on rape, in a project
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Research offers insight into managing lush OSR

17 March 2014

High crop density has several yield-suppressing effects, the Agrovista team has discovered.
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Has your soil structure suffered in the wet?

17 March 2014

Well-structured soil has good drainage ability, good water-holding capacity and allows the roots to develop easily, as shown at Agrovis
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Strobs are key to unlocking your OSR yield potential

17 March 2014

It's not worth growing an expensive crop such as oilseed rape unless you're prepared to manage the inputs appropriately to achieve its
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Canopy care makes oilseed sense

14 March 2014

There's a high chance your oilseed rape crop has grown too dense and will need careful spring management.
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Field and trials experience ensures confidence with Caryx

14 March 2014

In 2013, there weren't many OSR crops that needed lodging control, but Shrops-based Agrovista agronomist Rob Hughes identified a couple
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Lush crops forge ahead but cant race disease

10 March 2014

Despite the risk of 'speaking too soon', this kind Scottish winter looks like leaving above average potential for crops
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On-farm weather stations improve forecast accuracy

10 March 2014

Keeping an eye on the weather forecast is an essential of being a grower and having a better understanding of what it is likely to do c
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Tree crops hit by waterlogged soils

07 March 2014

Every February Agrovista gives a pair of seminars for their growers and the programme is always a good mix of what they as a company ar
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Crop Watch South: Ground conditions a long way off

03 March 2014

As I write I can hear the rain hammering on the windows yet again.
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Neil Buchanan: Frustration as spray cut off dates come and go

03 March 2014

The days are gradually starting to lengthen as February rolls on but the ground conditions over here in the West remain sodden.
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High seed set is key to top yields

03 March 2014

Oilseed rape growers given advice at a Northallerton meeting.
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Neil Buchanan: Time to review and recharge

24 February 2014

Another year and another festive season long gone, leaving only my expanded waistline as a reminder.
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Precision taken to a new level

22 February 2014

Precision agriculture is now seen as a key area for many arable growers and the recent LAMMA show proved a showcase for initiatives by
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OSR potential will need careful management

22 February 2014

The potential for some big oilseed rape crops will need active management if they are to make the most of it, according to Agrovista's
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Advanced OSR crops likely to gain from growth regulation

21 February 2014

Accurate measurements will guide OSR canopy management this spring
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Active Management key to oilseed rape yield

21 February 2014

Growers need to keep on top of the risk of lodging and excess biomass, expert advises
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OSR weeds will require assessment before action

14 February 2014

the make-up of spring herbicide strategies for winter oilseed rape crops should depend on the success or otherwise of pre-em and early
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CAP three-crop rule set to have heavy costs for growers

14 February 2014

Thousands of arable farmers will have to significantly change their farming practices to meet the controversial three-crop rule being i
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Farmer Focus: January sees quarter of yearly rain

14 February 2014

Right, lets compare the rain gauge measurements and see who wins in the rainfall figures for January.
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Regulate OSR Growth

14 February 2014

Agrovista's Mark Hemmant told a partnered event with BASF at Stoughton that there are three types of oilseed rape this spring
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Soil-less production predominates

11 February 2014

The past decade has seen a seismic shift in the way UK strawberry and raspberry crops are grown, the majority now relying on soil-less production systems.
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Oilseed rape weeds will require assessment before taking action

07 February 2014

The make-up of spring herbicide strategies for winter oilseed rape crops should depend on the success or otherwise of pre-emergence and
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Crop Watch South: Crops keep growing, but so are grassweeds

06 February 2014

Things are looking very different to last year.
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Pushing the boundaries of agronomic trials and tools

05 February 2014

A host of new technologies and approaches to crop production based on seed, genetics, bioscience and precision systems will be explored
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Companion planting with OSR shows great potential

03 February 2014

In France, where more than 2,000ha of oilseed rape is grown with companion planting, growers report using one less insecticide per crop.
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Reproducing perfect trials results in the field

03 February 2014

Growers reported that they weren't achieving such good results from sprayer nozzle changes as Agrovista in trials, so the company set o
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Koppert concentrating its effort on the production of audax bumblebees

03 February 2014

New regulations concerning the use of bees have come into force for the 2014 season.
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Four key questions about farm drones and UAVs

31 January 2014

A conference on agricultural drones at Harper Adams University last week was certainly well-attended.
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Agrovista consolidates its precision farming offer

31 January 2014

Agronomy service and crop protection product distributor Agrovista is using a recent acquisition to house and drive its precision farming offer.
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Sky high technology advances

31 January 2014

Among the rows of machinery there was agronomy business management advice to be had at LAMMA
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What a difference 12 months can make

20 January 2014

This time last year we were revising how to use technology to help us with thin, patchy backward crops.
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Good machinery set-up makes best use of expensive inputs

20 January 2014

Check your disc speeds are correct and make sure you know the specific gravity of the fertiliser product you're using, the experts tell
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Trials show the value of OSR companion plants

10 January 2014

Agrovista's Chris Martin gave growers an update on oilseed rape performance from the company's Growcrop Gold trials site at Croft, near Darlington.
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Companion crop gives OSR a helping hand

10 January 2014

Significant benefits from growing companion plants alongside oilseed rape have been observed in a series of trials based in the UK.
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French approach may boost OSR yields by 0.5t/ha

09 January 2014

Higher yields and the promise of better weed and pest control have tempted two oilseed rape growers to pioneer the use of companion cro
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Targeting optimum OSR plant populations with precision sowing approach

17 December 2013

Precision sowing offers scope to further exploit the branching abilities of oilseed rape plants, GrowCrop Gold trials indicate.
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Highest yields from lowest seed rates in national trials series

17 December 2013

The areas of focus in last season's six-site Agrovista GrowCrop Gold programme included manipulating row widths and number of seeds sow
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Companions give OSR a helping hand

16 December 2013

Despite the toughest start to the season since its programme began, the fourth year of Agrovista's Growcrop Gold oilseed rape trials pr
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Penalties for breaching new pesticide rules for grassland farmers

06 December 2013

Over the next three years grassland farmers will have to adhere to new rules governing professional pesticide use as part of the EU's S
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Fungus protects fruit trees

04 December 2013

Trials of a fungus based product on fruit orchards have shown that it can protect trees from disease and stress.
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Farming in the cloud

02 December 2013

Farming 'in the cloud' is a reality as Charles Abel finds out
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Agrovista expands OSR R&D investment

29 November 2013

Agrovista has launched three demonstration farm projects to undertake commercial testing of key oilseed rape developments.
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Neil Buchanan - Good foundations have been laid

28 November 2013

This autumn has allowed us to achieve what we failed to do last year.
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Growers told to cut seed rates

23 November 2013

Scottish oilseed rape growers are being urged to reduce seed rates to produce the correct crop structure needed to deliver top yields.
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Hybrid rye proves a cheaper alternative to maize for anaerobic digester feedstock

22 November 2013

Following a complete washout with maize last year, hybrid rye has become the feedstock crop of choice for Lancashire biogas pioneer Far
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Companion planting boost rape yields

22 November 2013

Planting companion crops in with oilseed rape can increase yields and improve establishment, according to Agrovista technical manager Chris Martin.
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Cover crops to control potato cyst nematodes

13 November 2013

New research is showing some practical tips for countering the biggest pest threat to the potato crop without using pesticides.
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Crop Watch South: Field drains and rivers running well

11 November 2013

As I write we have more rain falling onto already saturated soil, field drains and rivers are running well locally there has been small
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Late autumn control of weeds, pest and disease is key

11 November 2013

Good farm agronomy will be vital over the next few weeks to build on the promising start that most autumn-sown crops have made and ensu
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College trial compares maize under plastic with open-sown maize

08 November 2013

Myerscough college in Lancashire has hosted an open day in conjunction with agronomy company Agrovista, showcasing their trial of maize under plastic versus open-sown maize.
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CropTec 2013: Benefitying from companion cropping

07 November 2013

Improved yield is one of the many benefits of companion cropping in oilseed rape, according to Agrovista, who were demonstrating the te
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Launch early post-em herbicide attack on grassweeds

30 October 2013

Concern is growing over grassweed levels in winter wheat and growers are advised to get post-emergence herbicide treatments on early.
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Growing systems on show

26 October 2013

Demonstrations will include a presentation on companion planting by Chris Martin, of Agrovista
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Exploring Croptecs key themes: Making the most of technology

18 October 2013

Ahead of the CropTEc event on October 30-31, Farmers Guardian hosted a round table discussion to explore some of the CropTec's key them
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Is inter-row spraying the weed control answer?

14 October 2013

Regulatory pressure on herbicide use, particularly laws designed to protect the water supply, is reducing options for dealing with weeds in some crops.
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Growers warned of black-grass explosion

11 October 2013

Farmers who have drilled their wheat early have taken a huge risk, and might soon be facing a black-grass explosion that will hammer th
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Achieve genetic potential with good management

11 October 2013

Variety choice is, of course, important but fertiliser strategy is crucial to achieving good yield for barley, an agronomist tells Heat
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Conditions set for busy autumn

11 October 2013

Favourable seedbeds, warm conditions and the feel-good factor of oilseed rape and cereal crops in the ground in good time set the scene for a demanding spray schedule.
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Small window for glyphosate tank mix, growers told

08 October 2013

Drill, roll and spray on the same day is the message for growers looking to use pre-emergence herbicides tank mixes incorporating glyphosate this autumn.
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Crop Watch South: Crops flying out of the ground

07 October 2013

With soil and air temperatures one degree warmer than 'normal' and warm rain, it's no surprise that crops are flying out of the ground this year.
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Innovation in Agronomy

04 October 2013

Agrovista's reputation as a leading supplier of agronomy advice and crop protection products stretches back for more than six decades.
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Oilseed rape protection is a priority

03 October 2013

Oilseed rape crops are starting to come under attack from phoma and vigilance on varieties with lower resistance to this disease will be key in the days ahead.
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Bells and whistles weather system launched by Agrovista

03 October 2013

Clever technology is at the heart of Agrovista's new weather system, which Head of Marketing Nick Rainsley says has all the features that a farmer could wish for.
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Neil Buchanan - A year in which we need to deliver

27 September 2013

I enjoy September.  A new crop year looms and with it comes the chance to start the whole cycle again.
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