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  1. Providing Grape Protection – Vineyard – Mike Hutchinson, Chris Cooper, Rob Saunders, Chris Williams, Jeremy Sharp

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    The crop protection specialists proudly supporting vineyards across the entire UK.

    Since being founded in 1938, crop production specialists Hutchinsons has grown from an operation serving fruit growers in the Wisbech area of Cambridgeshire, to one of the nation's leading agricultural and horticultural input advice and supply companies.

    Today, brothers David and Mike Hutchinson continue to play an active role in the family-owned business which celebrated its 80th anniversary last year. Driven by a modern, forward-thinking approach, the Hutchinsons and their dedicated, 450-strong team are committed to providing the best agronomy and crop protection advice, products and services to growers of all crops across the entire UK, from Aberdeen to Truro.

  2. Future Farming in Practice at the Helix Project – Agronomist & Arable Farmer – Matt Ward, Neil Watson

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    1742019 12936The requirement for growers to be more transparent and to justify their practices will only increase, requiring resource and a new management approach – that was the core message from Hutchinsons Managing Director Andrew McShane to a group of visitors to the Hutchinsons Helix Project in June.

    The Helix Project is a farm-scale research project looking at how new technologies can improve farm productivity, profitability and efficiency, and is being hosted courtesy of Andrew and William Pitts at JW Pitts & Sons in Northamptonshire.

  3. Plugging the Metaldehyde Gap – Agronomist & Arable Farmer – Andrew Goodinson

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    Andrew Goodinson HSGrowers should not worry about the loss of metaldehyde from the slug control product armoury, says Herefordshire-based Hutchinsons agronomist Andrew Goodinson, as good quality ferric phosphate alternatives are as every bit as effective in trials and provide a better environmental footprint.

    Mr Goodinson highlights that ferric phosphate is a good insurance against OSR crop loss caused by poor establishment – ultimately it is about protecting plants that have been drilled into poor seedbed conditions and are at high risk from slug grazing, including crops that are showing flea-beetle damage.

  4. Harper wins 2019 Cereals Challenge - AgriTradeNews - David Hutchinson, Dick Neale, Matt Ward

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    Harper Adams - Cereals Challenge WinnersA team of Harper Adams University students has won Hutchinsons’ 2019 Cereals Challenge. Runner up Newcastle University won the company’s separate Environmental Challenge. The Royal Agricultural University was third.

    Five colleges – Harper, Newcastle, Riseholme College, the Royal and Writtle University College – competed to grow the best virtual crop of spring barley while managing problematic blackgrass.

  5. Spotlight Falls on Ammonia Emissions – CPM – Tim Kerr

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    tim kerr of hutchinsons (2)Before you order your nitrogen fertiliser for next spring, there's a sentence in the Government's Clean Air Strategy, published earlier this year, that may cause you to completely rethink what you buy.

    “We propose to introduce ... a requirement to spread urea-based fertilisers in conjunction with urease inhibitors, unless applied by injection on appropriate land by 2020" it says.

    Yara UK's Natalie Wood explains

  6. Recycled Sewage and Newspaper Crumble Help Norfolk Farmer Grow Award-Winning Bread Wheat - Eastern Daily Press - Alex Wilcox

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    Alex wilcoxA Norfolk farmer has revealed the secrets behind his award-winning crop of bread wheat - including using recycled sewage and newspapers to boost organic matter in his soil.

    Alex Wilcox farms 250ha at Hill Farm at Stowbridge near Downham Market, part of the Norfolk County Farms estate, and he is also a senior agronomist for Hutchinsons, advising on 25,000 acres of land across the East of England.

    He took first place in the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) milling wheat quality challenge with a crop of Crusoe which yielded 12.2 tonnes per hectare, with a protein level of 13.1pc.

  7. Hutchinsons Launch Helix Project

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    - Precise magazine

    Focusing on key areas of innovation and technology Hutchinsons Helix project will act as a central research hub, it is a unique collaborative project working with a number of established companies to integrate different technologies and systems, allowing the grower to fully benefit from innovation and decision support.