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  1. Looking at variety trials in CarliseThe annual Hutchinsons Carlisle crop demonstration open day to be held at Midtown Farm, Kirkbampton, Carlisle on Tuesday 18th June, by kind permission of the Brown family, promises an exciting insight into how yields can be improved through variety selection, targeted agronomy and precision technology.

    A host of demonstrations will hone in on four key topics; the latest winter wheat, barley and spring barley varieties, seed rate trials, the role of forage yield mapping and the newest precision farming tools from Hutchinsons.

  2. Toby KellieNew trials in Oxfordshire are showing how crop competition can make a valuable contribution to black-grass control within an integrated strategy.

    It is the fourth year of the Hutchinsons trials at the Mollington black-grass centre near Banbury, where weed populations have fallen from 1,500 plants/sqm to 50 plants/sqm, by focusing on cultivations, soil health and rotation.

    The dramatic reduction in black-grass pressure has allowed winter wheat to be reintroduced to the site for the first time in four years and Hutchinsons agronomist Toby Kellie is investigating how wheat can be managed to suppress black-grass, through drill choice, variety and seed rate.

  3. TerraMap soil scanning infographicUsing technology to map soil nutrients is not a new science; however, a newly launched system takes the process to a whole new level.

    Launched by Hutchinsons, TerraMap revolutionises the way in which soil nutrient mapping is undertaken. Today's precision farming requirements demand greater accuracy and UK growers do not currently have access to a high definition soil scanning system – until now, says precision technology manager Oliver Wood.

    TerraMap uses gamma ray detection technology that delivers resolutions of over 800 points/ha, providing high definition mapping of all common nutrient properties, pH, soil texture, organic matter (OM) and the Cation exchange capacity (CEC) of the soil, as well as elevation and plant available water.

  4. David_Bouch Hutchinsons Seeds Manager 0217David Bouch, Hutchinsons National Seed Manager looks ahead to crop and varietal selections for the coming drilling season and picks some highlights.

    Important winter wheats to consider this autumn include KWS Extase which is a Group 2 with very high untreated yields. It has excellent Septoria tritici resistant rating (8.1) plus good yellow rust resistance, grain quality and standing ability.

    If growers have been growing Siskin, David suggests that you move some acreage to KWS Extase and benefit from its higher yield. However, KWS Extase needs securing now.

  5. Field Walking - northThe annual Hutchinsons Carlisle crop demonstration open day promises a fascinating insight into how yields can be improved through variety selection, targeted agronomy and precision technology.

    The event is being held at Midtown Farm, Kikbampton, on Tuesday June 18, by kind permission of the Brown Family.

    Demostrations will cover four key topics; the latest winter wheat, barley and spring barley varieties, seed rate trials, the role of forage yield mapping and the newest precision farming tools from Hutchinsons.

  6. The annual Hutchinsons Carlisle crop demonstration open day promises a fascinating insight into how yields can be improved through variety selection, targeted agronomy and precision technology.

    The event is being held at Midtown Farm, Kikbampton, on Tuesday June 18, by kind permission of the Brown family.

    Demonstrations will cover four key topics: the latest winter wheat, barley and spring barley varieties, seed rate trials, the role of forage yield mapping and the newest precision farming tools from Hutchinsons.

  7. Field Walking PeopleDeciding what to grow next season can be daunting given the array of varieties available, but careful planning and a visit to a local trials site will help make the right choices for your farm.

    A series of regional open days by leading agronomy firm Hutchinsons during June and July provides the ideal opportunity to see first-hand which varieties suit the climate, soil type, pest and disease pressure in your area.

  8. TerraMap - SoilOptix Passive SensorA high definition soil mapping service has been launched in the UK to give growers improved accuracy in understanding their soils.

    Unveiled by the UK farm advice and supply company, Hutchinsons, the new TerraMap system uses gamma-ray detection to deliver high definition mapping of all common nutrient properties.

    These include pH, soil texture, organic matter and CEC (Cation exchange capacity), as well as elevation and plant available water.