News & Blogs - May 2016

Last week I wrote about how a consensus statement released by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on criteria for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) supported a risk-based approach to identifying and managing EDCs,...
Gregory Bond in Science 2.0~Monday, 30 May, 2016 - 07:56    
Central Queensland grower Andrew Bate has announced the imminent commercial release of an agricultural robot purpose-built for killing weeds, in a presentation at the Australian Summer Grains Conference. The founding director of SwarmFarm Robotics,...
SwarmFarm Robotics via Australian Govt Grain Research and Development Corporation~Monday, 30 May, 2016 - 07:36    
Researchers in China have developed a new biopesticide by tricking a virus into attacking several species of insect it normally wouldn’t. Conventional pesticides are widely used to boost crop production and feed the world’s growing popula...
Carla Pegoraro in Chemistry World~Monday, 30 May, 2016 - 07:20    
As a small organic farmer, I got a kick out of of a recent article advertising ‘Farming Camp’ for little ones. We used to go to church camp, soccer camp, scout camps, even fat camps, but farm camps? Too funny! Yet the reality is that mos...
Janna Anderson for the Genetic Literacy Project~Monday, 30 May, 2016 - 06:42    
Mat Boley’s dairy farm in Somerset seems to be achieving the impossible. Despite the crisis currently facing the dairy industry, with unprecedented low prices forcing many farmers out of business, Batch End Farm’s organic pasture-fed, low...
Megan Parry, Sustainable Food Trust~Monday, 30 May, 2016 - 06:16    
Pentabus Rural Theatre Compnay From Land to Mouth - Farmers on farming. "It’s……it’s a way of life more than a way of earning money, it really is." ​​ For this play, writer Bethan Marlow has interviewed working farmers acros...
Pentabus Rural Theatre Company~Monday, 30 May, 2016 - 05:49    
The influenza virus (flu) is a major health threat to humans and animals such as pigs, causing illness and major economic losses to producers and farmers. Pig flu viruses can also sometimes jump from pigs to humans and cause pandemics, as happened in...
The Pirbright Institute~Monday, 30 May, 2016 - 05:38    
I have tried cover crops on my allotment over the last year. They looked great in mid-October, with the late-summer sown phacelia and vetch growing to an enormous size before being killed by the mild frosts of this last winter. Early-autumn sown spri...
Jim Orson, NIAB~Friday, 27 May, 2016 - 15:03    
Scientists at the John Innes Centre have discovered an important component in the process of nitrogen fixation in plants. They have identified a key protein that facilitates the movement of calcium in plant cells. This movement of calcium signals to...
John Innes Centre~Friday, 27 May, 2016 - 13:53    
AHDB Variety Selection Tool: helping growers make more meaningful choices The updated AHDB Variety Selection Tool gives growers location-based information on AHDB Recommended List varieties, allowing them to plan for their specific situation. T Use...
AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds~Friday, 27 May, 2016 - 13:42    
Virtual plot tours of AHDB Recommended List winter wheat varieties are now live on the AHDB YouTube channel. Recommended List variety specialists Simon Oxley and Bill Handley lead a virtual tour of winter wheat variety groups, discussing the quality...
AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds~Friday, 27 May, 2016 - 13:32    
Dr Sinclair Mayne, Director of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute’s Sustainable Agri-Food Sciences Division, has challenged the local livestock industry to refocus on grass. Speaking ahead of AFBI’s Open Meeting, to be held at AFBI H...
AFBI~Friday, 27 May, 2016 - 13:19    
Researchers led by Lixin Wang, assistant professor of earth sciences in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, have identified critical information about the environmental variables and agronomic factors that dete...
Science Daily~Friday, 27 May, 2016 - 10:41    
Kellogg’s has enlisted a ‘compost chef’ as it begins working towards its landmark sustainability commitment to more than halve its greenhouse emissions. Renowned soils expert Anna Becvar is working with Kellogg’s British farm...
Kellogg's~Friday, 27 May, 2016 - 07:51    
Summary David Richardson’s story – not just a media man but a real agricultural guru. And incidentally an interesting trip along with farming’s development from the Second World War through to today.   “In at the Deep...
Malcolm Stansfield~Wednesday, 25 May, 2016 - 13:17    
It's a win-win situation for the environment and the economy when it comes to introducing legumes into agricultural systems, says new research carried out as part of the European Union project, Legume Futures. Currently Europe's crop production is hi...
Science Daily~Wednesday, 25 May, 2016 - 09:38    
Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre has often been approached by people either looking for a business opportunity - be it anything from a Farm Business Tenancy to a grazing licence or joint venture, or by those with a business opportunity to offer, an...
Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre~Wednesday, 25 May, 2016 - 08:52    
Cover crop mixes sown on one side of an 8m long, 4m wide, 1.2m deep pit, will give visitors to this year’s Cereals event a unique perspective of the plants soil structuring benefits. Tours of the ‘The Soil Pit’ - a new feature for...
Farming Online~Wednesday, 25 May, 2016 - 07:38    
HDB will hold four Variety Open Days in June and July 2016.   The events are free and will be held in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Cornwall and Shropshire. “The Variety Open Days let growers see current popular varieties and new varieties in t...
AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds~Monday, 23 May, 2016 - 10:11    
For the evaluation of pesticides a simple model yields more reliable results than the method currently used in the EU. A recent study by the Department of Environmental Sciences of the University Koblenz-Landau and the Swiss Federal Institute of Tech...
Science Daily~Monday, 23 May, 2016 - 07:35