Blog: Crops

Researchers from the University of Sheffield have calculated the environmental impact of a loaf of bread and which part of its production contributes the most greenhouse gas. (PhysOrg) Interdisciplinary researchers from the University's Grantham Cent...
PhysOrg~Wednesday, 29 March, 2017 - 07:03    
Honey bee colony declines are a major threat worldwide. Among the lineup of possible causes — including parasites, disease, climate stress, and malnutrition — many have pointed the finger squarely at insecticides as a prime suspect, espec...
Entomology Today~Wednesday, 29 March, 2017 - 06:42    
A patented wheat can have significant importance to agriculture, the environment and undernourished people in developing countries. Animal tests recently demonstrated that high phytase wheat increases P and Ca digestibility. (Janne Hansen, Danish Cen...
Janne Hansen, Danish Centre For Food And Agriculture~Tuesday, 28 March, 2017 - 15:50    
Mark Bowsher-Gibbs, farm and estate manager at G.H Dean in Kent will be growing soya for the first time this harvest. He hosts the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Monitor Farm in Sittingbourne, and presented his trial to the Monitor Farm group at its las...
AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds~Tuesday, 28 March, 2017 - 10:51    
In the early days of using drones to capture aerial imagery, just having an aerial image of your farmland added great value. The idea was that farmers could fly their fields as often as they wanted to pinpoint issues, such as irrigation leaks, leaf c...
AgFunder News~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 11:47    
BASF has announced that it has reached a global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the use of CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology to improve products in agricultural and industrial microbiology applications. The tec...
BASF~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 06:24    
The farm was recently selected as one of nine Monitor Farms which have been established in Scotland as part of a joint initiative run by Quality Meat Scotland and AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds with funding from the Scottish Government. The Stodart fami...
AHDB Cereals~Friday, 24 March, 2017 - 08:27    
In 2012 ADAS, with other industry organisations, jointly initiated a Yield Enhancement Network or ‘YEN’ to try to kick-start an upward trend in UK grain yields. 2012 was a bad year for UK cereal producers with smaller yields than for twen...
Roger Sylvester Bradley, ADAS~Friday, 24 March, 2017 - 07:36    
A farmer recently mentioned the term ‘the promoted narrative’ over a stimulating lunch. I rather like that because arable agriculture is full of promoted narratives. A dictionary definition of a narrative is ‘a spoken or written acc...
Jim Orson, NIAB~Monday, 20 March, 2017 - 14:38    
Researchers from VIB-UGent have discovered a gene that significantly increases plant growth and seed yield in maize. Research into crop yield is crucial because of the increasing incidence of extreme weather conditions affecting agriculture. The resu...
ScienceDaily~Friday, 17 March, 2017 - 15:30    
AHDB is reassuring growers that alternative weed control solutions are in the pipeline following the loss of another important active. The recent decision not to renew authorisation of pre-emergence herbicide linuron could leave growers without an al...
AHDB Horticulture~Thursday, 16 March, 2017 - 08:55    
Amounts and sugar content of nectar vary between commercial varieties of oilseed rape (OSR) produced with different breeding systems, when tested in the glasshouse. (Rothamsted Research) In recent years, some beekeepers have suggested that hybrid var...
Rothamsted Research~Wednesday, 15 March, 2017 - 07:51    
Over 30% of farms are now routinely using some form of'precision'technology according to Lewis McKerrow of Agrovista. He predicts that the growth in its uptake will be rapid, with adoption being driven by machinery manufacturers and farmers' intrigue...
Sentry, Spring 2017 via Agrovista~Tuesday, 14 March, 2017 - 09:38    
As all growers know crop yield is the driver for financial sustainability and, combined with price, it defines gross margin.  While farmers have been collecting yield data since the early 1990s, using that data productively has remained a challe...
Tom Parker, SOYL in Frontier Agriculture's My Technical Brief~Monday, 13 March, 2017 - 15:48    
Organic farmers can use a combination of cover crops and no-till methods to improve soil health, suppress weeds, and retain moisture, suggests a new report. (Science Daily) Organic farmers have to make hard choices between protecting soil from erosio...
ScienceDaily~Friday, 10 March, 2017 - 10:05    
A team of researchers from China has found that adding Aerosol OT, dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate increases the wetting ability of the liquid (Phys.org) Deposition of liquid droplets on solid surfaces is of great importance to many fundamental scienti...
PhysOrg website~Friday, 10 March, 2017 - 09:39    
The UK sugar beet crop is set to increase by up to 25% this year as the sugar surplus has eased and quotas are due to end. However, yields will suffer if sugar beet is sown into poor soils and despite many growers taking an interest in improving soil...
Paul Brown, Kings in Frontier Agriculture, My Technical Brief~Tuesday, 7 March, 2017 - 12:57    
The end of a fairytale I was just starting to write this blog when news came through that Claudio Ranieri had been sacked. Last year, against all odds (well, 5,000 to1), he led Leicester City to the Premier League title. His sacking is indeed the end...
Jim Orson, NIAB~Friday, 3 March, 2017 - 16:41    
Out of the more than 300,000 plant species in existence, only three species -- rice, wheat, and maize -- account for most of the plant matter that humans consume, partly because in the history of agriculture, mutations arose that made these crops the...
ScienceDaily~Friday, 3 March, 2017 - 12:35    
We have previously written about the possibility of using RNAi-based technologies to provide plants more sustainable and greater protection against viruses. RNAi, or RNA interference, is the protective process used in many eukaryotic cells against vi...
Legume Laboratory~Friday, 3 March, 2017 - 09:54