News & Blogs - January 2017

‘We are what we eat’ is an old saying, but still rings true. As knowledge about how the body uses this vital fuel grows, the importance of making our crops both more nutritious and delicious is gaining pre-eminence. Breeding for improved...
Agri-Tech East~Tuesday, 31 January, 2017 - 16:55    
Can increasing plant species richness in grassland maintain yield and improve soil carbon storage? Dr William Stiles: IBERS, Aberystwyth University. Take home messages: Increasing grassland plant species richness can increase farmland biodiversit...
Dr William Stiles: IBERS, Aberystwyth University for Farming Connect~Tuesday, 31 January, 2017 - 15:32    
MAIN FINDINGS The project provided evidence for Scotland on the state of field drainage and soil structure in Scotland during the autumn and winter where the impacts on flooding and water quality can be greatest. The project found severe soil structu...
CREW Research Summary~Tuesday, 31 January, 2017 - 12:30    
Summary and Conclusions  The UK agriculture sector is already a strong contributor to the UK economy. Even under the conditions of the baseline scenario, by 2026 the sector is expected to generate nearly £25 billion of output and over...
NatWest~Tuesday, 31 January, 2017 - 11:59    
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CropLife~Tuesday, 31 January, 2017 - 08:01    
Conclusion Exiting the EU will not change all the laws that affect rural businesses. In many areas the UK is bound by commitments as a signatory to international agreements such as the Bern Convention and the Kyoto and Paris Climate Change Agreements...
AHDB Horizon Market Intelligence~Tuesday, 31 January, 2017 - 07:27    
Consultants and researchers behind an innovative project which improved milk quality and boosted cheese yield have been shortlisted for the prestigious Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards. The Campbeltown Milk Quality Improvement Project is one of the...
SAC Consulting~Monday, 30 January, 2017 - 13:28    
Larger, tasty strawberries that offer 20 per cent saving on labour and almost no wastage demonstrate that the benefits of breeding extend far beyond yield. Flavour and nutritional content can also be increased to improve profitability and meet health...
Cambridge Network, Agritech East, NIAB EMR~Monday, 30 January, 2017 - 13:18    
Herefordshire farmer Mark Wood has been hosting on-farm try-outs for the past three years as part of his role as an AHDB Monitor Farm host. He manages the farm at JPF Clay Farms in Fawley, halfway between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye, which has been hom...
AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds~Monday, 30 January, 2017 - 10:58    
Principles of soil management for better crops 2 February, Norfolk; 23 February, Gloucestershire Trainer: Mel Holloway, Senior Farm Consultant ADAS A basic level course to understand the essentials of good soil management and improve on-farm cultiva...
ARTIS~Monday, 30 January, 2017 - 09:18    
After three years of UK trials, BASF, working with Agrovista, has launched the first multi-pest pheromone disruption system, named RAK 3+4. Already commercially abailable in Europe, orchards are flooded with high rates of synthetic pheromones, and m...
Agrovista~Monday, 30 January, 2017 - 08:31    
During the past few years, higher levels of milk or milk replacer have been recommended to achieve greater pre-weaning growth of calves and to increase milk production of first-lactation cows.  Some studies have indicated that improvements in ca...
Brad Heins and Hugh Chester-Jones, University of Minnesota~Monday, 30 January, 2017 - 07:53    
Keeping track of cow fertility, health and welfare has become incredibly straightforward, with the use of a multi-purpose bolus. The new bolus from smaXtec is a simple tool that allows dairy farmers to monitor cow health, fertility and lameness. By m...
Olivia Cooper, Agri-hub for smaXtec~Friday, 27 January, 2017 - 12:55    
What's wrong with the supermarket tomato? Consumers say they lack flavour, so a University of Florida researcher led a global team on a mission to identify the important factors that have been lost and put them back into modern tomatoes. Harry Klee,...
ScienceDaily~Friday, 27 January, 2017 - 12:02    
AHDB Horticulture’s precision farming project CP107c is demonstrating savings for those growers adopting and investing in new machinery for Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) and is engaging with growers to discuss best practice CTF and other pre...
AHDB Horticulture~Friday, 27 January, 2017 - 09:03    
In many ways, despite the technological advances of society, we are still at the tip of the iceberg in harnessing the potential of the plant kingdom. In recent years, researchers around the globe have unlocked more and more of the powers of the plant...
Brian Barth for Inhabitat~Friday, 27 January, 2017 - 08:48    
Plant diversity improves soil stability, the results of a greenhouse experiment and a long-term field study show. This study, which covered a range of different soil types, is one of the first to investigate the effects of plant diversity on soil str...
EC Science for Environment Policy~Thursday, 26 January, 2017 - 16:31    
Biodiversity’s contribution to ecosystem services in grasslands — at different levels of the food chain (known as trophic levels) — has been assessed in a new study. Higher species diversity across trophic levels — particularl...
EC Science for Environment Policy~Thursday, 26 January, 2017 - 16:19    
Challenge Sheep is a new AHDB Beef & Lamb-funded project which aims to understand the consequences of the rearing phase on the lifetime performance of ewes. Covering both sheep bred as ewe lambs and shearlings, the project will track 5,000 replac...
AHDB Beef and Lamb~Thursday, 26 January, 2017 - 15:07    
AHDB is playing a key role in helping small family farms build more viable businesses, as part of its support for the Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme. The new £1.5 million programme aims to give farm businesses the tools to evaluate th...
AHDB~Thursday, 26 January, 2017 - 12:32