News & Blogs - July 2016

Sowing a companion crop with oilseed rape can boost crop performance and lead to better yields, especially on heavy, wet soils where establishment is a challenge. This could be the year to try the technique, says Agrovista's Stewart Woodhead OSR is a...
Agrovista~Friday, 29 July, 2016 - 14:48    
Winter Wheat Recommended List 2016/17 video tours are on line. Here is the playlist
AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds~Friday, 29 July, 2016 - 11:49    
Water management is one of the most crucial components in a top-performing broiler flock. Broilers have advanced to grow faster, become larger with more breast meat, eat more feed at younger ages and be far more efficient than their predecessors, inc...
Chance Bryant, Technical Service Manager, Cobb-Vantress, Inc.~Friday, 29 July, 2016 - 10:29    
  Introduction There is a finite amount of land in the world, yet demand for it is growing. Europe has one of the highest resource consumption rates in the world, and our demand for land – our Land Footprint – is much higher than wh...
Meadhbh Bolger & George Thurley, Friends of the Earth Europe~Friday, 29 July, 2016 - 08:04    
The new mobile app Pokémon Go has become contagious, capturing the public's imagination, but a specialist in real estate and agricultural law has warned that players could find themselves breaking trespass laws. Head of the Agricultural and La...
Lodders Solicitors~Thursday, 28 July, 2016 - 12:25    
Maintaining bare soil beneath vines has long been accepted management practice used to stifle competition and preserve water and nutrients for grapevines. Exposing soil beneath trellises has been achieved by using extensive herbicide treatments, a pr...
Science Daily~Thursday, 28 July, 2016 - 11:59    
New research could lead to the fine-tuning of pesticide formulations to further increase crop yield. The findings also show a way to develop advanced performance formulations which will interact reversibly with plant surfaces and will leave their pro...
Science Daily~Thursday, 28 July, 2016 - 08:57    
Sheep farming in UK upland and hill areas provides a wide range of public goods and services, from food production and environmental stewardship to landscape management and cultural heritage. To promote understanding of this complex jigsaw, and respo...
National Sheep Association~Thursday, 28 July, 2016 - 04:36    
Improving Rural Livelihoods In conjunction with The Prince’s Countryside Fund, Lantra has delivered a project to help Northern Ireland farmers remain in business while raising their skill levels, and increasing their sustainability and producti...
Lantra~Thursday, 28 July, 2016 - 04:22    
With just 5 weeks to go until the conference, and nearly 1200 delegates already registered, EAAP 2016 promises to be one of the most lively, informative and successful animal science conferences in recent years. EAAP will cover a large range of topic...
EAAP 2016 Conference~Wednesday, 27 July, 2016 - 11:50    
W B Daw & Son, hosts of the first AHDB Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm, opened their doors on a new site in Thorpe Constantine, Staffordshire on 19th July, engaging over 100 industry peers in discussions of best practice in the face of new challenge...
AHDB_Potatoes~Wednesday, 27 July, 2016 - 11:39    
Rubisco is the central enzyme responsible for photosynthesis in plants, it enables them to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. But until now, the extent of natural diversity of Rubisco across plant species was relatively unknown. In the most comprehen...
ScienceDaily~Wednesday, 27 July, 2016 - 08:16    
Summary There is a shortage of skilled people in the industry and there are very few initiatives to recruit and retain new entrants. Avian Influenza is the single biggest risk to the global industry. There are many misconceptions of the broiler indu...
Patrick Hook, Nuffield Farming Scholarship~Wednesday, 27 July, 2016 - 07:57    
Researchers from the Noble Foundation, University of Minnesota and the National Center for Genome Resources revealed their advances in sequencing the alfalfa genome at the North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. “Th...
SeedWorld~Wednesday, 27 July, 2016 - 07:00    
A new viticulture consortium comprising NIAB EMR and the leading UK vineyards Chapel Down, Nyetimberand Gusbourne Estate has been launched with the aim of providing much-needed underpinning science to the rapidly growing UK quality wine sector....
NIAB EMR~Tuesday, 26 July, 2016 - 11:55    
A study was conducted examining the effects of prebiotics and probiotics separately and in combination on growth parameters, fecal and cecal microbiota. Six dietary treatments consisted of: control,  control + 0.2 lb/ton calculated to contain 1...
D Hanne-Didde, University of Nebraska, Lincoln et al in the Journal of Applied Poultry Research~Tuesday, 26 July, 2016 - 07:00    
Daily infusions with serotonin, a chemical commonly associated with feelings of happiness have been shown to increase calcium levels in the blood of Holstein cows and the milk of Jersey cows that had just given birth. The demand for calcium can take...
Science Daily~Tuesday, 26 July, 2016 - 06:44    
Plant breeders are working continuously to supply high yielding, better tasting, more nutritious and longer lasting tomato varieties, but some of the best tasting varieties soften rapidly and can have a short shelf life. The precise mechanisms invol...
BBSRC~Tuesday, 26 July, 2016 - 06:20    
Genomic selection is a new form of marker-assisted selection, which has primarily been used by large companies … but that’s changing. As the technology becomes more affordable, mid-size companies are also starting to see its value. Recen...
Fargad Ghavami, SeedWorld.~Monday, 25 July, 2016 - 12:24    
We have presented evidence regarding the causes of tail biting (TB) and feather pecking (FP). A novel and key aspect of our approach is to integrate information on both TB and FP in the search for similar underlying principles or mechanisms. Our...
Emma I Brunberg, Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture et al in Frontiers in Veterinary Science~Monday, 25 July, 2016 - 04:44