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JournalLatestresultsfromeld-scalestudiesandsmallplottrialsacrosstheAgriiresearchnetworkintheBestofBritishWheat15TonneChallengehighlightthefundamentalimportanceofthebest-balancednutritionthroughoutthegrowingseasoninconsistentlyraisingtheyieldbar.Toachievea15thacropourkeyprioritiesmustbetobuildandmaintainsufcienttillersensurethebestpossiblegrainsetandpreservethemostefcientcropcanopytosupportgrainllexplainedAgriiHeadofCropScienceDavidLangton.WecantdothiswithoutsufcientNPandKbeingavailabletoourcrops.Norcanweachieveitifotheressentialnutrientsarelimiting.Andthebalancebetweenthemneedstoremainasoptimalaspossiblethrougheachstageofcropdevelopment.PandKindexesof2and250kghaofNmaybesufcientforyieldsof8-10tha.Equallyattheselevelstheremaynotbemuchneedforextrasulphurmagnesiumormicro-nutrients.Butfor15thaitsanotherstory.Soasweraisetheperformancebarweneedtoraiseourwholenutritionalgame.ClearevidenceoftheextenttowhichthisisrequiredandindicationsofwaysitcanbeachievedareemergingfromAgriiTechnologyCentrestudiesinvestigatingawholerangeofnutrientinteractions.Particularlyimpressivehavebeentheyieldresponsesfoundfromfoliartraceelementsonsomesites.Interestinglythemostrecentresultsshowednoresponsetoindividualapplicationsofzinccopperorboronbutanextra0.5thafromamixtureofthethree.Andthishasclearlybeenlinkedtobettergreenleafretentionduringgrainll.ThisunderlinestheimportanceofeliminatingallthenutritionallimitationsifwearetomakethemostofeverynutrientweapplyDavidLangtonstressed.Thishastobethesinglemostimportantkeytopushingyieldstowardsthe15tmark.Agriiresearchintothetypeandtimingofnitrogenapplicationsandcompostadditiontoimprovethephysicalandchemicalpropertiesofsoilsarealsomakingvaluablecontributionstothewheatperformanceimprovementroadmap.Dependingoncropgrowthandsoilnitrogensupplyupwardsof325kghaoffertiliserNislikelytoberequiredtosupport15thapointedoutDavidLangton.TominimisethepotentialforNlossthroughleachingde-nitricationandlock-upbysoilmicrobesthisislikelytobebestachievedwithfoursplits.Butweneedtotakeparticularcarewithmid-seasonapplications.ToomuchNatthisstagecaneasilyproducelushoppycanopieswhichareinefcientatcapturinglightandmorepronetolodginganddiseaseespeciallysoifnotbalancedwithothernutrients.OfcourseraisingtheefciencyoffertiliserNfromthe60generallyachievedonmediumsoilstosay80byimprovingsoilhealthandconditionwillhaveamajoreffectontheamountofNweneedtoapply.WhichiswhereourworkoncompostapplicationshowingvaluableincreasesinorganicmatterPKindexesandsoilconditionisprovingveryinstructive.01AgriiEastAutumnWinter2014ContentsNutritionalKeystoWheatPerformancePage01AgriiiFarmeventpreviewsPage02CAPEveryoneOnlinePage03BarleySeedChoicesfortheSpringPage03AgriiatCropTec2014Page04IntroducingtheMetQuestDashboardPage04ProgressupdatefromFruitiFarmatEMRPage05YourlocalAgriipointsofcontactPage06NutritionalKeystoWheatPerformancewww.agrii.co.ukagriiUK 02AgriiEastAutumnWinter2014JournalAgriiiFarmeventpreviewsAutumn2014iFarmEventPreviewsFinchamiFarmUpdateOurNorfolkiFarmhasbeenbasedatFinchamforthelast5yearsandduringthistimewehavebeenabletodemonstrateourapproachtointegratedagronomythroughsomeverychallenginggrowingconditions.Atourwellattendedsummerelddaysgrowershavebeenabletoexperiencemanyofthecurrentandcandidatecerealandrapevarietiesandevaluateatrst-handresponsestothecontrolofdiseaseandweedsutilisingcuttingedgetechnology.Overtheyearswehavebeenabletodemonstratewiththehelpofmajormachinerymanufacturersnovelcropestablishmenttechniquesandapplicationtechnologywhichhavenowbecomeestablishedpracticesonmanyfarms.ThesitehasjointlyhostedtrialswithLimagrainADASandGrowHow.Alongsidethesummerelddaysweholdautumnandwinterindoorworkshopswhichincludepresentationsfromleadingindustryexpertsonimportanttopicalissuesandengageinvaluablefeedbackdiscussionswithattendinggrowers.Atthesemeetingswestudiouslyavoidproductpromotionspreferringtolookatthebiggerpictureandaddressthekeyissuesfacingtheagriculturalindustryasawhole.OurnextindoormeetingisonFridayNovember21statSwaffham.Wewouldbedelightedtomeetyouthere.PleasecontactyourAgronomistformoreinformation.KentiFarmUpdateLastseasonprovedabusyoneforourLenhamiFarmsitewherewehadthehighestevernumberoffarmersshownaroundtheplots.Followingonfromthatsuccesswearenowmakingpreparationsforthisseason.Theoilseedrapewasdrilledonthe1stSeptemberintogoodconditionsandaccordingtoSteveCorbettAgriisTrialsManagerLenhamistheperfectsite.Itwasrolledonthe2ndandhadinsecticidesandgraminicideapplicationsshortlyaftersurvivingwell.AsaresulttheplotsalsoreceivedKestrelandTeppekionthe10thofOctober.TheWinterWheattrialsarefollowingthesameformataslastyearwithapprox.60-70varietiesalongwiththeappropriatesprayprogrammes.OurrstiFarmmeetingoftheseasonisplannedforthe19thNovemberatTheMercureGreatDanesHotelHollingbournesopleasecomealongandparticipate.SpeakingtopicsforthemeetingwillincludeareviewofthetrialsworkatLenhambyHeadofAgronomyColinLloyd.CropMarketingManagerFrancisPickeringwilldiscussthecurrentgrainmarketandwewillhaveaCAPupdatefromEnvironmentalConsultantBethMetson.ThemeetingwillalsocontaindiscussionsonnutritioninCerealsOSRandPulsesbyFertiliserManagerTomLand.PleasespeaktoyourlocalAgriicontacttobookyourplace.AutumniFarmeventsforyourdiary...14thNovemberStowLonga17thNovemberThrowsFarmTechnologyCentre19thNovemberLenham21stNovemberFincham2ndDecemberThoresway5thDecemberLeadenhamOuriFarmsofferfarmerstheopportunitytoexperiencetheverylatestRDandallowsustojoinupagri-sciencewithpracticalagronomyenablingourcustomerstoconstantlyimproveyieldsgrowprotablecropsandrespondtoTheFoodChallenge.FormoreinformationonanyoftheseeventspleasespeaktoyourAgriiAgronomistalternativelyyoucancontactCharlieLewison01371855503oremailcharlie.lewisagrii.co.ukNickMcMullonJerryDarbyLeadenhamiFarmUpdateTherstLeadenhamiFarmmeetingoftheseasonwillbeheldlaterintheyearthanusualonFriday5thDecemberatTheVenueinNavenby.AtthisiFarmeventwewillbelookingatBalancingInvestmentwithReturnsandStrategiesforChallengingMarkets.Thiswillinvolveinteractivediscussionswithindustryspecialistsonhowwecanaddressthesechallengesbystream-liningcropproductionthroughinnovativeagronomy.Wewillalsotakeacloselookathowfarmerscanidentifyeverypossibleopportunitytomaximisefarmincome.AsalwaysthemorningofdiscussionswillconcludewithlunchforallattendeesandachancetomeetyourlocalAgriiagronomists.IfyouwouldliketoattendpleasespeaktoyourAgriiagronomist.Welookforwardtoseeingyouthere.JamesGrantham 03EnvironmentalSeedThereisarequirementforallclaimantsoftheBasicPaymentSchemewhatusedtobetheSinglePaymentSchemetogoonlinetocompletetheirapplicationfromthisautumn.Therewillbenopaperalternativeastherehasbeeninthepast.AnyexceptionsTherehasbeenasmallgroupofpeopleapproximately18ofclaimantsrecognisedthatwillrequireextrahelpbyDefrathesehavebeenwrittento.Themajorityofuswillbelargelylefttoourowndevices.AlreadyonlineWearestartingfromscratch.Thegovernmentgatewaypasswordsandpinnumbersthatweoncehadforapplyingonlinearenolongerofuseandeveryoneneedstore-register.Tobeabletoregisteryouwillneedtoanswersomepersonalsecurityquestionsonlinetoverifywhoyouare.ThesequestionswillbebasedonanumberofdocumentsofyourchoiceincludingyourpassportdrivinglicenceEUIDcardbankaccountcreditcarddetailsandorutilitybills.WhendoIneedtoregisterPacksarebeingsentoutinbatchesthroughoutOctoberandNovember2014.AssoonasyougetyoursyoucangoonlineandregisteryourselfonthesystemreadyforwhenyouapplyforyouBasicPaymentSchemeandGreeningpayments.WhatcomesnextOnceyouhaveregisteredyoucancheckyourpersonaldetailsandlandparcelsthatDefrahaveregisteredforyou.IfadjustmentsneedtobemadethesecanbedoneinadvancebeforeyourclaiminMaysoitisadvisabletochecktheseassoonasyoucantoavoidanyholdups.Youwillalsobeabletoaddyouragentinatthispointandtheirpermissionsbyusingtheirregisterednumber.CAPEveryoneOnlineBethMetsonFarmEnvironmentConsultantMappingEFAsOnlineThemappingprogramwhichwillbeavailableontheonlinesystemwillbehowyouwillmapyourEcologicalFocusAreasEFAreadyforyourclaiminMay.AgainthisisworthgettingmappedfarinadvancesoyoucanseehowyouaredoingwithyourEFAgreeningobligationsandimportantlyifyouneedtondanyextrabits.ItwashopedELSoptionswouldbepre-populatedontothesemapstomaketheexerciseeasierforwhereyouwillbeusingexistingELSareastoclaimaspartofEFAthisisnotpossibleandsoagainthisexerciseneedstobecarriedoutfromscratch.ThebestadviceistogetpreparedwithwhatyouwillbeclaimingfortowardsyourEFArequirementsreadyformappinginOctoberNovember.CanAgriiHelpYeswecanhelpyouthrougheachprocessexplainedinthisarticletogetyouonlinemappedandreadytoclaim.IfyouwouldliketodiscusspleasegetintouchwithBethMetsonon07545927474orbeth.metsonagrii.co.uk.BarleySeedChoicesfortheSpringBarryBarkerArableSeedProductManagerSpringBarleyremainsbyfarthebiggestspringcropintheUK.Theeffortbreedersareputtingintoitistypiedbythefactthatthereare39varietiescurrentlyintheRecommendedListtrialSohowdoyousortthewoodfromthetreesClearlyifyouareseekingamaltingbarleythenyouneedtoknowthatsomeoneiswantingtobuyit.Thereislittleindicationofwherevalueswillsitforharvest15maltingbarleybutestablishedvarietiessuchasPropinoandTipplearelikelytofeaturewithendusers.ConcertotoowillprobablybewantedwheregrowerscanmeetthespecicationparticularlyinEastAnglia.Therewillalsobesomepossibleexportdemandforcertainvarieties.KWSIrinalookslikelytofeatureonthecontinentandprobablyintheUKtoo.Butasmentionedbeforeitisessentialthatgrowerskeepabreastofthelikelylocalnationalandinternationaldemandsbecausethereareanumberofspecialistvarietiesthatcouldcomeintotheequation.Thesedaystheyieldofnewmaltingvarietiesisatleastcompetitivewiththelistedfeedtypes.Althoughtherearealargenumberofvarietieswithinafewpercentofeachotherandthereforemanyquitecapableofproducingyieldsatthetopendofexpectations.Soitisworthconsideringothercharacteristicswhenchoosingvarieties.Hackerisavailableforthersttimethisyear.Althoughoriginallyclassiedasamaltingvarietyitisanextremelycapablefeedvariety.NorthernIrelandistheonlyplacewhereofcialtrialsmeasurestrawyieldandHackerwasoneofonlyfourvarietiesratedVeryHighforstrawyields.Additionallyinthisyearsofcialtrialsofthe39varietiesHackerwasratedthe2ndearliestvarietytomaturethe2ndhighestspecicweightoneofthebestforlowscreenings4thforuntreatedstrawstrengthandnolodgingatallwhentreated.Allcombinedwitha5yearyieldaveragelessthan4behindSanetteanddecentdiseaseresistance.Yieldisoftentheheadlinegurebutgoodagronomicscanbeworthalotmoreindifcultyears. 04DecisionSupportServicesAgriiatCropTec2014IntroducingtheMetQuestDashboardAgriisSoilQuestteamwillbeatCropTecagainthisyear.Comeandvisitusonstand152neartheseminartheatreandndoutmoreaboutAgriiPrecisionServicesandhowdevelopmentssuchastheMetQuestDashboardandseedcalculatorappcanhelpyouwithdecisionmakingonyourfarm.www.croptecshow.comMetQuestDashboardisahighlylocalisedweatherserviceavailabletobothAgriiagronomistsandAgriicustomers.UsingAgriisnetworkofAdconweatherstationstheMetQuestDashboardcollectsandmodelstheextensiveweatherdataallowingAgriicustomersandAgriiagronomiststoaccuratelypredictandmonitorpestanddiseasepressurehelpingtosupportdecisionmakingonfarm.Eachweatherstationcapturesextensivedatawhichisusedtocalculatepestanddiseaseforecasts.ThedatacollectedisasfollowsAveragedailytemperatureMaxandmintemperaturesRainfallSolarradiationRelativehumidityWinddirectionwindspeedLeafwetnessEvapotranspirationKeygrowerbenetsofMetQuestDashboardAccurate2dayand10dayweatherforecastsHighlylocalisedhistoricalweatherdataDecisiontoolsforcropsprayingPestanddiseasecontrolFormoreinformationortogetaccesstotheMetQuestDashboardpleasespeaktoyourAgriiagronomistorcontactNeilObbardon07885252418AgriiPrecisionServicesSoilQuestisntjustaboutdividingeldsintothemosteffectivemanagementzonesthroughconductivityscanninglasersoiltexturingandsoilanalysis.FromthisessentialbasewehelpgrowersintegratethemostappropriateGPS-basedfarmingtechnologieswiththeirownknowledgeandexperienceandthebestresearch-ledlocalAgriiagronomy.Weputthemostup-to-dateprecisionagronomyinformationandintelligenceatgrowersngertipsthroughtheCropTec201421stand22ndNovemberEastofEnglandShowgroundPeterboroughTheMetQuestDashboardcanassisttheAgriiagronomistandcustomertomakethebestdecisionabouttheappropriateproductsandtimingoffuturecropprotectionmeasures.Agriihasover180AgriiweatherstationsintheUK.Moreweatherstationsmeanaccuratelocaldataresultinginmorereliableandthereforemorevaluablepestanddiseaseforecasting.onlineAgriiPrecisionServicesportalforrapidandeffectivedecision-makingandrecordkeeping.ThisinnovativeportalalsogivesaccesstothegrowingrangeofAgriidecisionsupportservicesweofferthroughournetworkoflocalweatherstationsmonitoringsitesandpestanddiseasepredictionmodels.FormoreinformationabouttheprecisionagronomyservicesthattheAgriiSoilQuestteamcanofferorabouttheAgriiPrecisionServicesonlineportalpleasecontactStuartAlexanderstuart.alexanderagrii.co.ukor07889413190.TheMetQuestDashboardmainfeaturesWeatherforecasting2dayand10dayWeatherhistorywith8daysofhistoricalweatherdataSprayingforecastPestanddiseaseforecastingDidyouknowAgriiisontwitterAgriinowhaveover3000followersonTwitter.YoucanfollowusonTwitterforthelatestnewsandinformationcomingoutofAgriiincludingUpdatesonoureventsArticlesaddedtoourwebsiteNewcustomercommunicationsCompetitionsYoucanfollowAgriibysearchingforAgriiUKonTwitter. AgriiEastAutumnWinter2014Journal05ProgressupdatefromFruitiFarmatEMRHorticulturePlantinghascontinuedthisyearatAgriis1hademonstrationsiteforfruitproductionatEastMallingResearchinKent.Theapplesandpearsplantedlastyearhavebeenjoinedbycherriesplumsandthersttreesofwhatwillbeacollectionofapricotsoneofthefruitindustrysnewestcropsplusstrawberriesonraisedbeds.ItwontstoptherehoweverasAgriitechnicalsupportmanagerforfruitColinBirdwhohasoverallresponsibilityfortheprojecthasplanstoplantafurther300appletreesthisautumnplusblackcurrantsraspberriesandgooseberries.Agriitookonthesitetwoyearsagotogiveitsfruitagronomiststhechancetotestideasaboutcropmanagementandforinstancetolookattheeffectivenessofcurrentandnovelpesticidesgeneratingnewinformationthattheywillthenbeabletoshare.Andwitharangeoffruitclonesandvarietiesallonthesamesitegrowerswillgetthechancetoassessforthemselvestheearlinessprecocityandgrowthhabitofeachwhichtheycanteasilydoanywhereelse.IntheapplesandpearsalreadyplantedMrBirdistrackingtheeffectonestablishmentandrstyieldsofapplesandpearsofusingcompostorslow-releasefertiliserwhichwereusedeitherseparatelyortogetherintheplantingholewhenthersttreeswereplantedin2013.Onthisyearsplantingsheiscomparingtwodifferentmycorrhizaproductstoseeifthereisanydifferencebetweenthem.Hehasalsorunatrialonresidualherbicides.Theresidualherbicidesthatcurrentlycanbeusedareeithernotpersistentenoughorbroadenoughintherangeofweedstheytargetheexplains.Ihavelookedthisyearatoneproductwhichisknowntobebroadspectruminitsactivitybuthasnoapprovalontopfruitandatacoupleofotherswhichhavea12-monthharvestintervalsocouldbeusedinneworchards.Acomparisonoffungicidesapprovedforcontrolofeitherapplescaborpowderymildeworwhichcancontrolbothdiseasesshowedthatallwereeffective.TherehasbeenconcernamongsomegrowersthatsomeoftheseproductsdontworkaswellastheyusedtosaysMrBird.Butfromthisonetrialinoneyearitlooksliketheyarestilleffectiveeveninwhathadbeenahighpressureyearformildew.OnpearsMrBirdwantedtoseeiffruitqualitycouldbeatriskbyrepeatedspraysoftheinsecticideSiriusaphysicallyactingproductbasedonsilicon.IwastargetingpearsuckerandapplieditatfourtimestherecommendedratetoseewhatwouldhappenandithadnoadverseeffecthesaysAnotherissueMrBirdisinvestigatingisspraycoveragebylow-driftnozzles.Thereisanissueaboutgoodcoverageatwatervolumesacceptabletofruitgrowershesays.Thedemonstrationsitewillbemadeavailabletoagrochemicalmanufacturersshouldtheyneedtotestproductsunderdevelopmentondifferentfruittypesorvarieties.Itmayhelpthemcollectthedatatheyneedforregistrationofnewproductswhichwillhelpthewholefruitindustryheadds.Anyonewhohasanideafortrialsworkisinvitedtogetintouchitswhatthesiteisherefor. AgriiEastAutumnWinter2014Journal06ContactInformationComeandvisitusontheAgriistandatLAMMA201521stand22ndJanuary2015EastofEnglandShowgroundPeterboroughLAMMAistheUKslargestfarmmachineryequipmentandagriculturalservicesshowandisfreetoattend.WellbeinHall7againthisyearandonceagainwellbeontheNRoSOknowledgetrialsocomeandtalktoustogetyourCPDpoints.www.lammashow.co.uk651234AgriiiFarmlocationsintheEastEnquiryContactNumbersAgronomyEnquiriesCustomerServices08456073322AgriiConsultancyServicesBethMetsonbeth.metsonagrii.co.uk07545927474FertiliserEnquiriesPeterReadStuartMenhinick0783638768607770334141TomLand07730764043SoilQuestStuartAlexanderstuart.alexanderagrii.co.uk07889413190SeedSupportandVarietySalesInformationKevinWoodmanSimonHobbs0776850720407770643365AngieBakerRossDawson0779619389507912043305SamGallagherDavidBouch0152251520407525234309FarmSavedSeedMarkTaylormark.s.tayloragrii.co.uk07836527251HughBoswellhugh.boswellagrii.co.uk07740926119FruitCropsKevinWorkmankevin.workmanagrii.co.uk07802981080VegetableCropsChrisWallworkchris.wallworkagrii.co.uk07885252455WeatherStationsNeilObbardneil.obbardagrii.co.uk07885252418EventEnquiriesCharlieLewischarlie.lewisagrii.co.uk01371855503CropMarketingDavidNealedavid.nealeagrii.co.uk07799695549YourlocalAgriiiFarms1.Fincham2.Leadenham3.StowLonga4.Kent5.ThoreswayYourlocalTechnologyCentre6.ThrowsFarmKeyAgriiiFarmsAgriiTechnologyCentre