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BalancednutritionboostswheatperformanceDoyouknowalocalheroBetterbalancedmicro-nutritioncandrivewheatyieldssubstantiallyatrelativelylittleextracosttodelivervaluableprotabilityimprovementsrevealtwoyearsofdetailedBestofBritishWheattrialsattheAgriiFocusTechnologyCentre.HereregionaltrialsmanagerDrSyedShahhasbeeninvestigatingawholerangeofPKSMgandtraceelementinteractionsalongsidenitrogeninresearchplotstoidentifyandquantifykeyperformanceandprotabilityimprovementopportunities.Thisworkisdesignedtosupportandinformtheexcitingseriesofeld-scaleAgrii15tChallengestudiesunderwayoncommercialfarmsacrossthecountry.Weseeclassicdiminishingreturnsfromextranitrogenabovearound270kghaasotherlimitingfactorskickinhepointsout.Whereweapply300kghaofNormoreinpursuitofyieldscloserto15thathoughwendworthwhileresponsestohigherlevelsofPandK.InthesamewaywevefoundinsufcientsulphurlimitingresponsestoNPandKandvice-versa.InsufcientmagnesiumhasalsolimitedresponsestosulphurwithKieserite25MgOdeliveringvaluableyieldadvantagesoverammoniumsulphatewithnoMg.Perhapsmostimpressivehavebeentheyieldresponsesofmorethan1.0thaDrShahhasrecordedinhisworkwithamixtureoffoliarmicro-nutrientsappliedaspartofthenormalsprayprogramme.Interestinglyhismostrecentstudieshaveshownnoresponsetoindividualapplicationsofzinccopperorboronbutanextra0.5thafromaprogrammeincludingmixtureofallthreeelements.Andthishasclearlybeenlinkedtobettergreenleafretentionduringgrainll.Allourworkunderlinestheimportanceofeliminatingallthevariousnutritionallimitationsinordertomakethemostofeverynutrientweapplyheinsists.Thisbecomesmorecriticalathigherlevelsofperformance.Ourtargetfora15thacropisessentially500earsm2carrying55grainsearwitha1000grainweightof55g.Forthisweneedtobuildandmaintainsufcienttillersensurethebestpossiblegrainsetandpreservethemostefcientcropcanopytosupportgrainll.Werelookingtoinuencevariousdifferentelementsofcropperformancewithournutrientapplications.Earlyinthespringwewanttodrivetillerproductionandsurvival.Intomid-seasonandwereafterbuildingthemostefcientcanopyandensuringthegreatestearfertility.Andlateronourkeyobjectiveistosustainthatcanopyforaslongaswecanformaximumcarbohydratetransferintothegrain.IsthereapersoninyourruralcommunitywhomakesarealdifferencetotheenvironmentinwhichyouliveandworkNominatethemaspartofourcampaigntondtheUKsruralcommunitychampionsandtheycouldwintherecognitiontheydeserveaswellas1000forthemselvesortheircause.WererunningthiscompetitioninconjunctionwithFCNacharitysupportedbyAgriiwhoprovideadviceandsupportforfarmingfamiliesintimesofcrisis.Oftenunnoticedbutalwaysaroundusruralcommunitychampionsarethepeoplewhovolunteertimeresourcesormoneyforacommunityorprojectintheirlocalarea.Theyhelpdevelopourruralcommunitiestoensuretheyremainactiveandcontinuetobenetthepeoplewhochoosetolivewithinthem.Thiscouldbethroughfundraisingeffortscareofelderlyneighboursrestorationofvillagebuildingsmaintenanceofvillagepropertyorganisationofcommunityeventsorfarmvisitsforschoolchildrenorthesupportofcommunityprojectsanythingthatbringsabenetorimprovementtotheruralcommunityyoulivein.Prizes20localwinnersfromacrosstheUK50Tworunnersup500eachOverallwinner1000TheoverallwinnerwillbechosenbyAgriicustomersatoureventsinsummer2015.HowtoenterJustgotowww.agrii.co.uktonominatesomeoneyouknow.Fulltermsandconditionscanalsobefoundonthewebsite.RuralCommunityCHAMPIONS201504SyedShahinspectswheattrialplotsNutritionRuralCommunitiesDrSyedShahRDManager