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  1. Darryl Shailes v2These weather conditions are unlike anything I can ever remember experiencing before.

    As the seasons draws to a close, we don’t need reminding what a challenge it has been since it started raining in September. I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced anything like it and no-one I’ve spoken to can remember anything worse.

  2. Dick Neale blackgrass dormancyWhile much of the focus has been on tackling blackgrass in the autumn, growers also need to keep on top of the spring-germinating population.

    Farmers with a significant blackgrass problem should stick with spring barley this season, as the crop, when managed correctly, offers the best way to keep on top of any spring-emerging blackgrass.

    The wet autumn means many growers face an unplanned increase in their spring cropping area, with a number of crops such as beans, peas, linseed, wheat and barley in the running.

  3. Nick Strelczuk precision technology specialist for HutchinsonsNick Strelczuk highlights the importance of understanding soil variability, especially in the context of high value crops like vines.

    Nick Strelczuk, precision technology specialist with Hutchinsons, explains that TerraMap is a new highly accurate soil mapping service offered at two levels of service, standard and premium. It uses gamma-ray detection technology to measure 21 important soil parameters at a resolution of 800 points per hectare.

    The scanning can be carried out irrespective of crop cover or soil moisture at a breadth and resolution unheard of until its launch back in spring 2019.

  4. Setting up and running a successful AD plant in a high rainfall, grassland and intensive dairy area takes some management.

    Located just east of Dumfries in south west Scotland, Tinwald Power runs a 1MW anaerobic digestion plant fuelled with a mix of grass, forage rye and whole crop silage, supplemented as necessary with livestock manures.

  5. Oliver WoodCollaborations with machinery manufacturers Claas and Vaderstad and data management system Muddy Boots means farm data can now be moved from one machine or system to another within Hutchinsons’ Omnia Precision Agronomy system.

    Announcing the development at Crop Tec, Oliver Wood, Hutchinsons precision technology manager, said: "This is a significant step change in the way that data is handled for precision farming. For some time now, we have been working with our industry colleagues to look at how to connect platforms together to transfer data using modern cloud computer systems, which means that the user does not have to handle any data."