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  1. Are You Gaining Crop Momentum? – Agronomist & Arable Farmer – Bob Bulmer

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    Bob BulmerCrop momentum involves adopting best practice at every stage of crop growth to maximise light, water and nutrient capture with the aim of producing resilient, profitable crops.

    This idea was developed from the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) and the idea is analogous to the domino effect, explains Hutchinsons trials manager Bob Bulmer.

  2. Is straight nitrogen the best value? – Agronomist & Arable Farmer – Ian Lingham

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    Fertiliser discussion with Ian LinghamAt this time of year thoughts inevitably turn to the purchase of nitrogen for next spring – as fertiliser is on offer to attract early delivery onto farm.

    Ian Lingham, Hutchinsons Crop Nutrition Specialist in the west, asks if purchasing straight nitrogen is the best value. 

    “From Hutchinsons involvement in YEN projects, we are learning that timely nutritional inputs are helping to achieve the best yielding crops,” he says.

    “However, applying greater quantities of straight nitrogen is not the solution to higher yields; trends show that applications of fresh fertiliser phosphate and spring applications of potash are part of the key to unlocking further potential.”

  3. 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.

  4. Consistency is key for successful milling wheat - Alex Wilcox - Anglia Farmer

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    • Match top nutrition to wheat variety
    • Profit and investment vital for future
    • Good opportunities to supply millers

    Eastern region growers from three counties celebrated success at this year's recent AHDB Milling Wheat Conference – highlighting the importance of good links between farmers and millers to produce excellent quality bread for consumers.

  5. Prestigious National Awards for Local Farmers

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    Two Staffordshire farmers have proved that an attention to detail when growing crops pays off as they are named as winners in the national Yield Enhancement Network Competition.

    John Billington of Adbaston Hall, near Newport won a Bronze award for his 5.9t/ha yield of oilseed rape. Whilst Mark Swift of Red House Farm, High-Onn near Stafford won the best potential yield for his crop of winter wheat achieving 64% of the 15.8t/ha potential.