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  1. Slugs Take Advantage of no Deter – The Scottish Farmer – Dick Neale

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    Dick_Neale0217Seed-bed quality key to reducing slug seed hollowing this autumn

    With seed beds yet to be made in this wet season for some winter wheat crops, growers are being told that they must take extra care so that seeds don't succumb to hollowing by slugs.

    This is the first autumn without the insecticide seed treatment, Deter and while it was primarily used to protect cereal crops from barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV), it also had a repellent effect against slugs around the treated seed.

  2. Soil Health Focus at Brassica Demonstration Day – The Vegetable Farmer – Will Sharpe, Oliver Wood, Carl Sharp, Peter Waldock

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    IMG_0731With a focus on good soil health, herbicides, insecticides, biostimulants, fungicides, and nutrition, Hutchinsons’ second brassica demonstration day was held Old Leake, Boston, on July 11 in conjunction with the Allium & Brassica Centre.

    The aim of the plots is to refine understanding of soil health, including exploring novel approaches for vegetable farming, such as strip-till and cover crops, explained Hutchinsons area business manager Will Sharpe.

    “We plan to provide vegetable growers with a leading source of information on brassicas,” he said, pointing out that the trials field was very typical of the area, with similar soils being found around the horse-shoe area of south Lincolnshire and north Norfolk. “By setting up demonstration plots, people can see what works in these fields, and then make decisions on whether they might work at home for them.”

  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. Sugar Beet Agronomy - Now and the Future - British Sugar Beet Review - Darryl Shailes

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    Darryl ShailesAs the UK's sugar beet crops reach full establishment, Hutchinsons agronomist, Darryl Shailes, takes growers through the ever-changing agronomic landscape, including a look at ALS herbicide tolerance technology.

    Sugar beet agronomy is facing changes and new challenges this year and forward into the foreseeable future. 

  5. Fruit GB Viticulture Technical Conference: Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) - The Fruit Grower

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    Rob Saunders is a member of the WineGB viticulture working group, an agronomist with Hutchinsons and a board member of AHDB Horticulture. SWD was less of a problem for UK vine growers in comparison with 2017, but Rob wanted to update vineyard managers on current findings, future implications and control strategies for this relative newcomer to the UK.