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  1. Tim Kerr H&STim Kerr, fertiliser specialist for Hutchinsons turns his expertise to vines.

    The wet autumn will have impacted on crop nutrient availability into next spring. After excessive rainfall, lower levels of nitrogen will be seen. Soil mineral nitrogen can be measured to make necessary adjustments.

    Although nitrogen requirement by vines isn't high, it's a difficult element to hold in soils over winter, particularly soils with low cation exchange capacity. Light soils, which are low in clay and/or organic matter, have low resilience to hold nitrogen reserves, even with additional nitrogen from decaying vine leaves.

  2. Oxbury LogoLending to farmers from merchants is set to undergo a major shake-up, with a new agricultural bank being lined up by big businesses to offer an alternative to trade credit.

    Four seed, spray and feed distributors have thrown their support behind a new farmer-focused bank, Oxbury, which is set to receive its license to operate from the Bank of England in the next few weeks.

  3. Nick Strelczuk precision technology specialist for HutchinsonsNick Strelczuk, precision technology specialist with Hutchinsons, highlights the importance of understanding soil variability in all crops, including arable crops and top fruit.

    He explains that TerraMap is a new, highly accurate soil mapping service offered at two levels of service – standard and premium. It uses gamma-ray detection technology to measure 21 important soil parameters at a resolution of 800 points per hectare, much more accurately than anything else available.

  4. David SteadAs torrential rains impacts heavily on the industry, John Swire looks at the overall economic effects and how farmers have been forced to change their practices and diversify their crops to salvage their livelihoods.

    Apart from all the political shenanigans and the subsequent ramifications that will play out for several more years, 2019 will be remembered for one other thing – the absolute horrendous weather that we have suffered from since the middle of September. The effects on the industry are almost certainly likely to last for quite some time.

  5. Darryl Shailes v2These weather conditions are unlike anything I can ever remember experiencing before.

    As the seasons draws to a close, we don’t need reminding what a challenge it has been since it started raining in September. I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced anything like it and no-one I’ve spoken to can remember anything worse.

  6. Dick Neale blackgrass dormancyWhile much of the focus has been on tackling blackgrass in the autumn, growers also need to keep on top of the spring-germinating population.

    Farmers with a significant blackgrass problem should stick with spring barley this season, as the crop, when managed correctly, offers the best way to keep on top of any spring-emerging blackgrass.

    The wet autumn means many growers face an unplanned increase in their spring cropping area, with a number of crops such as beans, peas, linseed, wheat and barley in the running.

  7. Nick Strelczuk precision technology specialist for HutchinsonsNick Strelczuk highlights the importance of understanding soil variability, especially in the context of high value crops like vines.

    Nick Strelczuk, precision technology specialist with Hutchinsons, explains that TerraMap is a new highly accurate soil mapping service offered at two levels of service, standard and premium. It uses gamma-ray detection technology to measure 21 important soil parameters at a resolution of 800 points per hectare.

    The scanning can be carried out irrespective of crop cover or soil moisture at a breadth and resolution unheard of until its launch back in spring 2019.

  8. Setting up and running a successful AD plant in a high rainfall, grassland and intensive dairy area takes some management.

    Located just east of Dumfries in south west Scotland, Tinwald Power runs a 1MW anaerobic digestion plant fuelled with a mix of grass, forage rye and whole crop silage, supplemented as necessary with livestock manures.

  9. Oliver WoodCollaborations with machinery manufacturers Claas and Vaderstad and data management system Muddy Boots means farm data can now be moved from one machine or system to another within Hutchinsons’ Omnia Precision Agronomy system.

    Announcing the development at Crop Tec, Oliver Wood, Hutchinsons precision technology manager, said: "This is a significant step change in the way that data is handled for precision farming. For some time now, we have been working with our industry colleagues to look at how to connect platforms together to transfer data using modern cloud computer systems, which means that the user does not have to handle any data."