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  1. 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. Nigel KitneyGiven that profit margins are tight and labour is in short supply, a “robot ready” orchard that yields almost twice as much Class I fruit and can be mechanically harvested would probably be a dream come true for the UK’s top fruit growers. Happily, crop production specialist Hutchinsons’ ground-breaking, ten-year project – named Hutchinsons’ Enhanced Light Interception Orchard System (Helios) – could help growers achieve this vision.

  3. Darryl ShailesWe have not got as many apples and plums as last year, but the pears are pretty good. The rain over summer has helped the wheat and barley harvests and also the fern growth on our asparagus which is much bigger than last season.

    As we've only got a small area, we're able to practice good crop hygiene and remove all the old fern and reduce the amount of inoculum on the old stems so our stem-phylium levels are very low.

  4. Terra Map - Soil OptixAgronomy firm Hutchinsons claims the technology at the centre of its new soil scanning system offers a greater level of precision than is possible with established techniques.

    When compared with traditional zone-based scanning or grid-based sample point systems, measurement of a wider range of soil quality properties and greater accuracy when measuring them are the key claims for new soil analysis technology introduced this season to the UK by agronomy company Hutchinsons.

  5. James Short croppedJames Short, of crop production specialists Hutchinsons, says that growers need to look at their soil as it is the key to unlocking yields.

    “It is important that we protect and nurture the soil if we are to continue producing crops in a sustainable and long-term arable rotation.”  He advises growers to take up Hutchinsons Healthy Soils service and explains why.  “This service provides information to growers and advisors to actively manage their soils and optimise performance and farm profitability.”

  6. Black-grass will most likely have mixed dormancy this seasonjpgBe aware that recent wet weather could induce an early germination of black-grass - but this will only be a proportion of total numbers- so plan for early and later flushes this season, warns Dick Neale of Hutchinsons.

    Black-grass has two main flushes, usually in the third week of Sept and the second week of Oct, so the aim is to drill after the black-grass has germinated and been sprayed off.

  7. Maize Demo Day Hutchinsons CarlisleThe annual Hutchinsons northern maize trials demonstration day on Wednesday, September 11, at Smalmstown Farm, Longtown, near Carlisle, provides the chance to hear from a range of industry experts on how to improve the maize production, based on local trials.

    “Maize continues to be an increasingly popular crop as it becomes much more consistent to grow, so whether you are an established maize grower or looking at growing the crop for the first time, there will be much to take away from our trials day, “ said local agronomist Jim Clark.

  8. Darryl Shailes v2Dr Alison Lees, a research leader for AHDB-funded research into late blight at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee speaks to Heather Briggs about this year's Fight Against Blight.

    “We have currently received 576 samples from 86 blight outbreaks this season, with more arriving every day due to the weather conditions being favourable for late blight in large parts of the country through July and into August," she says.