Varieties

Feeding the world or seeding unknowns?

New legislation now allows the growing of certain gene-edited crops in England. Professor Jonathan Jones, group leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, calls for a fresh approach to rules preventing the cultivation of GM crops. But Roger Kerr, chief executive at Organic Farmers & Growers urges caution over moves into new genetic technologies.

The trait that could transform wheat farming

The discovery of a grass that makes its own antibiotics may have wide-reaching implications for restoring soil health and improving water quality. Tech Farmer considers the implications of the trait for UK wheats. There’s a type of grass that thrives in the tropical pastures of Colombia that confounded scientists for decades. Brachiaria has been dubbed …

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Putting science behind cover crop varieties

When it comes to growing cash crops, most farmers will spend plenty of time choosing the right varieties with traits that suit a farm’s physical and management characteristics. However, many growers are sold cover crops by species, with little or no additional information to demonstrate their suitability for different enterprises, soils or rotations. As one …

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Impressive Yields From New Varieties Despite Stop-Start Harvest

Written by Keith Nicholson Despite catchy August weather that has left many farmers with the usual harvest headaches there have been some notable performances from several new varieties being grown for the first time, including two new winter barley varieties, that have exceeded the current AHDB winter barley yield estimates of 6.8-7.2t/ha reported to date …

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How Seed Breeding And Knowledge Integration Will Carry Growers To A More Sustainable Future

With losses in agrochemistry continuing, more variable growing conditions predicted and the need to move to moresustainable production, individual choices around seed will have an increasingly important impact on crop productionefficiency, industry specialists believe. The most important day of a crop’s life is the day the seed is sown and this is likely to be …

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