"The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not mean all who were laughed at were geniuses. They laughed at Columbus. They laughed at Fulton. They also laughed at Bozo the clown." Carl Sagan
In week ended 5th January, the deadweight prime cattle average price levelled on the week at 365.0p/kg. read more
As domestic lamb continues to compete with increased volumes of cheaper imports and demand remains subdued, DW lamb prices eased in week ended 5th January. read more
World prices eased back towards the end of 2012 although remained at levels comparable to the same period in 2011. read more
Having shot to record levels during September and October, GB finished pig prices continued to rise in November and early December, albeit more slowly. read more
The GB weekly average price rose by £4.63/t to £227.93/t and the free-buy average fell by £4.45/t to £330.74/t. read more
Mid-January saw the release of much-anticipated information from the USDA in the form of world supply and demand estimates, US winter wheat plantings, final 2012 production estimates and quarterly stocks. read more
The USDA data set a bearish tone for oilseed markets with upward revisions to US and Brazilian crops. read more
UK malting barley export prices are at €245/t FOB (spring, South Coast) w/e 11th April. read more
The latest National Statistics produced by Defra on the activity of UK hatcheries and poultry slaughterhouses. read more
USDA’s latest quarterly stocks report, released on 28th September, estimated US maize stocks (at 1st September) at 25.1m t, down 12% on the same point in 2011 and the lowest since 2004. read more
New AstroKerb provides outstanding blackgrass control and much more
Dow AgroSciences has launched AstroKerb, a tailored formulation of propyzamide the outstanding answer to controlling blackgrass and other grass weeds in oilseed rape, together with aminopyralid to extend its control of key broad-leaved weeds.
Put neonics case to EU chief scientist, urges CPA
As the European Commission prepares to formalise its decision to impose a temporary ban on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides later this week, the UK Crop Protection Association (CPA) is calling on the Commission to formally request and publish advice on the issue from the EU’s chief scientific adviser Professor Anne Glover and the EU’s new Science and Technology Advisory Council, prior to any final decision.
SESVanderhave welcome independent review of establishement issues
Leading sugar beet breeding company SESVanderhave has welcomed the announcement that the British Beet Research Organization is to commission an independent enquiry into the poor establishment which some UK sugar beet growers have experienced this spring on a number of varieties supplied by different seed houses.
AHDB/HGCA survey shows 8% rise in haulage costs
The latest AHDB/HGCA UK Grain Haulage Survey shows average UK journey costs have increased by 8% since last year.
The new landscape of UK slug control
After decades of being dominated by just two stalwarts of the UK slug pellet industry, the relative newcomer 3% ferric phosphates rose to the challenge that the slug stricken 2012 season posed in putting the treatment to its biggest test yet, and in gaining credence as a worthy third option.
Revised nitrates regulations take effect
A revised action programme to tackle nitrate loss from agricultural sources in Scotland comes into force today.
Breakthrough in wheat breeding science offers greater yields
UK wheat yields could be boosted by up to 30% with the introduction of a new wheat bred from a wild grass species.
Prioritising Disease Prevention
Phoma stem canker must remain the first priority in preventative OSR disease management,
stress leading crop advisers, pointing to HGCA Crop Monitor estimates
Plants use underground networks to warn of enemy attack
Scientists from Rothamsted Research in collaboration with other UK scientists have discovered that plants use underground fungal networks to warn their neighbours of aphid attack.
Dual benefit from blight fungicidemore
Potato growers wanting a proven all-in-one defence against blight and alternaria should look to include Invader as a key part of their fungicide strategy this season.
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