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AgriiWestSpring2015ContentsFacingthe2015ChallengePage1UpdatefromaroundtheregionFocusontheCotswoldiFarmandtheSouthWalesiFarmPage2UpdateonAgriiFocusresearchandeventsPage3BalancednutritionboostswheatperformancePage4CAPReformPage4UpdatefromtheAgriiseedteamoutwiththeoldandinwiththenewPage5FocusonHOLLOSRPage5NewAgriiRuralCommunityChampionsProjectPage5AgriiatGrassland2015Page6www.agrii.co.ukagriiUK01Facingthe2015ChallengeSarahWilkinsonMarketingandEventsOfcerWestRegionTheresnogettingawayromtheactthatitlookslike2015isgoingtobeadicultyear.Alongsidecontinuingissuesaroundmarketvolatilityandever-fuctuatingpricesarenewpressuresromEurope.Restrictionsontheuseoendocrine-disruptorsinplantprotectionproductsarelikelytocomeintoorceatatimewhenresistancetotheexistingactivesthatwehaveavailableisincreasingwithnoviablereplacementsinthepipeline.ThentheresCAPReormandallotheconcurrentpaperworkthatmustbeunderstoodandacteduponandallothecomplexitiesogreening.Addintothemixunpredictableandattimesextremeweatherconditionsandtheneedtoidentiyriskandbuildinresiliencetothearmbusinessbecomesevenmoreimportant.ButwhatdoesthismeanorAgriiandoryouIn2015ourresearchanddevelopmenteortandinvestmentmustcontinuetobeocusedonhowwecanhelpyoutoincreaseyieldswhilereducingcosts.Withallotheseexternalpressurestheroleotheagronomistbecomesevenmoreimportant.TheadviceandrecommendationsthatAgriiagronomistsmakearebackedupandinfuencedbytheresultsotheworkthatwecarryoutatour4technologycentresand32iFarmsacrosstheUKwith640replicatedtrials62000trialplotsanddataromournetworko180weatherstations.Thevaluethatcanbeaddedbythewealthoresearchanddevelopmentbehindyouragronomistatatimewheneverylittlebitwillmakeadierenceiskey.Itiswhatcanandwillbringusthroughthisdicultsituationtogether.Soincreasingyieldssustainablyreducingcostsandmaintainingresilientarmingsystemsiswherewearecurrentlyocusingandwillcontinuetoocusourresearcheortin2015.Andcommunicatingtheresultsoournationalresearchandwhatitmeanstoyourparticularlocalsituationandtoyourbottomlineiswhereweregoingtobeocusingourmarketingeort.WiththatinmindwevedecidedthatinsteadohavingahospitalitystandatCerealsthisyearitsmoreimportantthatweocusoureortondevelopingandextendingourinternaleventsprogramme.Thisiswherewereallyeelthatwecanmakeadierencetotheresultsthatyouseeonyourarmbyprovidinglocalandresponsiveinormationbaseduponandbackedupbyourextensiveandcommittednationalresearchtranslatedlocally.Itsalsowhereyoucanmeetacetoaceouragronomyandtechnicalteamsandreceivethetargetedinormationrelevanttoyourareawhichwillarmyouwiththeknowledgerequiredtomeetthesechallengesheadon.Wehopethereorethatwellseeyouatsomeooureventsin2015wherebydemonstratingandinterpretingtheresultsoournationalresearchonalocallevelyoullseethebenetsthatitcanhaveoryourarmandyourbusiness.Andthatevenintheaceoallothechallengesweacemaybetheutureisbrightaterall.Herestoasuccessulandprosperousnewyear.Oureventsprogrammeinyourregionislistedonpage2othiseditionothejournal.Youcanalsofndoutmoreatwww.agrii.co.ukorbycontactingsarah.wilkinsonagrii.co.ukormoreinormation. JournalAgriiWestSpring2015UpdatefromaroundtheregionResearchandevents0216JanSouthWestWilland27JanCotswolds03FebAgriiFocus11FebStafford12FebBrackley26FebSouthWales27FebSalisbury10MarStafford14AprStafford30AprAgriiFocus07MayBrackley07MayStafford28MaySouthWalesbarleyDATESFORYOURDIARYFormoreinformationaboutanyoftheseeventsortobookaplacepleasespeaktoyourusualagronomycontactortoSarahWilkinsonsarah.wilkinsonagrii.co.uk01666841219FocusonTheCotswoldiFarmViewfromOliverFairweatherAgronomistThewinterwheatplotsattheCotswoldiFarmlookwellasweheadintowinter.Themildconditionsprovidingthesiteandmajorityocropsinthesurroundingareawithenoughgrowingtimetogetwellestablishedbeoreideallysomecolderweatherappearswhichwillhopeullyslowoilseedrapedevelopmentandreducecharlockburdens.WewillagainbeplantingthereplicatedspringbarleyplotsattheCotswoldiFarmsitethisyear.WeshallbeholdingavarietyopeneveninginJuneaterwhatIamsurewillbeaverydierentgrowingseason.LastharvesthasgiventheCotswoldsalongwithalotootherregionssomeexceptionalyieldsandweareholdinganeventonthe27thJanuarytodiscussthetrialsresultsromaroundtheregionandputtheseinperspective.WhatwecanguaranteeisthatnotwoyearsarethesamebutthequestionishowdoweprepareoraseasonaheadwithlesservaluesCAPandgreeningaretopicsverymuchattherontothemindsobotharmersandagronomistsalike.PaulPickordoAgriiConsultancyServiceswillbeonhandtodiscussthelatestdevelopmentstheirimpactsonthearmbusinessandhowtobestmanagethechanges.Wewillalsodiscusstheworkweredoingoncovercroppingaconceptthatarmersaregenuinelyconsideringinmanyareasasaresultogreeningandorenvironmentalandrotationalbenefts.Agriiiscommittedtoinvestigatethesecropmixestomeasuretheirimpactandeconomicvalue.WearecarryingoutaseriesotrialsaroundthecountrywhichincludeasetattheCotswoldFarmParkwherewewillbediscussingthepotentialbenefttothearm.Ihopeyouwillbeabletojoinusorwhatwillbeaninterestingandthoughtprovokingmeeting.ViewfromSyedShahRDManagerWestThereplicatedtrialsonwinterwheatandspringbarleyattheCotswoldiFarmallowustocomparetheperormanceoarangeovarietiesintermsotheirsusceptibilitytodierentdiseasesinparticularyellowrustandseptoriaaswellasyieldcomparedwithothersitesinthewest.Currentlywehavedrilled30varietiesowinterwheat.Thesevarietiesweredrilledon2ndOctober2014andasOliversayshaveestablishedwell.Intermsocovercropsthisyearweareinvestigatingthebeneftsowhitemustardoilradishwinterturniprapewintervetchcrimsoncloverandwinteroatsoilradishphaceliawhitemustardonphysicalandchemicalpropertiesosoilandtheireectograinyieldospringbarley.ThiswillhelpustounderstandthespeedodevelopmentodierentcovercropsandtheirroleinsupplyingNtotheollowingcrop.FuturemeetingdatesattheCotswoldiFarm27thJanuary2015topicsCAPreformcovercropsmarketupdate.JunedateTBC.PleaseaskyourusualagronomistformoredetailsorcontactSarahWilkinsonsarah.wilkinsonagrii.co.ukOSRattheCotswoldiFarm.FocusonTheSouthWalesiFarmViewfromSteveMossAgronomistAbigthankyoutoeveryonewhojoinedusoraveryestiveiFarmresultsmeetinginSouthWalesatthestartoDecember.WeheardromStephenEarlonOSRresultsintheValeandromBecciShrimptononwheatvarietiesor2015.TimHortonprovidedanupdateonresearchresultsromAgriiFocusandwhattheymeanortheSouthWalesarea.FinallyGregTaylorspokeonhowa15tcropoDickenswasachievedattheBrackleyiFarmin2014andBenSensecalldescribedtheeortstomeetthesamechallengeclosertohome.ViewfromSyedShahRDManagerWestOurwinterwheatplotshavebeendrilledandhaveestablishedverywell.Currentlyweareevaluatingtheperormanceo77varietiesowinterwheatintermsotheirsusceptibilitytoseptorialodginggrainyieldandgrainproteincontent.Inadditiontothevarietytrialswehave3ungicidetrialsinwhichwewillbeinvestigatingtheeectoarangeoungicidetreatmentswithdierentmodesoactionincontrollingseptoria.SimilartoAgriiFocusseepage3wearealsoinvestigatingtheeectocopperzincandboronongrainyieldoSolace.Thiswillallowustoconfrmthebeneftsousingthesetraceelementsorenhancingyieldowinterwheat.Varietytrialdataorthe2014harvesthasbeenanalysed.TheresultsrevealedthatCrusoeandSolacewerethehighestyieldingvarietiespartlyattributedtotheirbetterresistanceagainstseptoria.Thishighlightstheimportanceousingvarietieswhichhavegooddiseaseresistancescores.Thisisoneothereasonswewanttoidentiyvarietieswithgooddiseaseresistancewhichcanhelptoreducethecostoungicideandmaximiseyield.Similartolastyearwearescreening2600linesowinterwheatintermsotheirsusceptibilityorresistancetoarangeodiseases.FuturemeetingdatesattheSouthWalesiFarm26thFebruary201528thMay2015barley19thJune2015mainsummermeeting.PleaseaskyourusualagronomistformoredetailsorcontactSarahWilkinsonsarah.wilkinsonagrii.co.ukBecciShrimptonandSteveMosstalkingattheSouthWalesresultsmeetinginDecember2014. OnacoldbutmainlydrydayinNovembertheAgriiFocusAutumneventsawlargenumbersogrowersattendromaroundtheWestandSouthWest.AnumberointerestingmorningpresentationswereollowedbyanaternoontourotheWOSREstablishmenttrialsendingwithwelcomehotdrinksandheartycaketoroundothisbusyandsuccessulday.TheAgriiFocusSpringAgronomyeventwillbeheldon3rdFebruaryrom9.30amnearSwindon.ThemorningseminarwillstartwithapresentationoAgriiFocustrialsresultsalongwithagronomicinterpretationandpointersor2015.ThiswillbeollowedbyalookattheopportunitiesinthegrainmarketsorHOLLWOSRmillingwheatandspringbarley.AterashortbreakguestspeakerJakeFreestoneoOverburyFarmswillsharehisfrsthandonarmexperienceocovercropsorsoilimprovementwiththefnalpresentationothedayexplaininghow15thawheatyieldswereachievedattheBrackleyiFarmlastsummer.AterlunchtherewillbeanoptionaltourothenearbyWOSREstablishmenttrialsinsmallgroupstodiscussstriptillageonepasssystemsplacementonutritionWOSRagronomyandtoseehowthesixdrilltypesusedinthetrialshaveared.WelookorwardtowelcomingyoutotheAgriiFocusSpringAgronomyeventon3rdFebruaryanddiscussingtheabovetopicswithyou.TobookaplaceorormoreinormationpleasespeaktoyourusualAgriicontactoremailAFeventsagrii.co.uk.WehavemanagedtodrillallourtrialsonwinteroilseedrapeWOSRwinterbarleyWBandwinterwheatWWattheAgriiTechnologyCentreAgriiFocus.AlltrialshaveestablishedwellFig123.Currentlyweareevaluating70varietiesoWOSR30varietiesoWBand77varietiesoWWintermsotheirsusceptibilitytodierentdiseaseslodgingandyield.Wearealsoinvestigatingtheeectodierentungicidetreatmentsandmacroandmicroelementsondiseasecontrolandyield.Trialsdataorthe2014harvesthasbeenanalysedandisbeingpresentedinarmermeetingsthisspring.Inoneothetrialsweinvestigatedtheyieldperormanceo14WWvarietieswhichvariedintermsotheirsusceptibilitytoseptoria.DataanalysisshowedthatthereweresignifcantyielddierencesamongstvarietiesintheuntreatedblockFig4.Amongstthegroup1and4varietiesSkyallandSolaceproduced4.2and3.0tha-1higheryieldthanSolsticeandDickensrespectively.ThistendstosuggestthatiweusemoderatelyresistantvarietiessuchasSkyallorSolacethentheremaybemorescopetouselessrobustungicideprogrammesorreduceddosesoungicide.ThisyearweareinvestigatingtheeectodierentratesoungicideondiseaseincidenceandgrainyieldoSkyallCrusoeDickensandSolace.Thiswillhelpustoidentiytheappropriaterateandungicideprogrammethatcanhelptominimisecostoproductionandmaximisearmproft.OverthelastthreeyearswehavebeeninvestigatingtheeectocopperCuzincZnandboronBongrainyieldowinterwheat.ThesemicronutrientsalsohaveavitalroleinreproductivegrowthanddiseaseresistanceaswellastheuptakeandutilisationefciencyoNPandK.TrialsresultsconfrmedthebeneftsoCuZnandBwhenappliedinasequenceatthekeygrowthstageswhichenhancedyieldby0.6tha-1averagedoverthreeyears.Thisyieldenhancementwaspartlyattributedtoincreasedgreenlearetention.Thetrialstendtorecommendtheuseothesetraceelementsorachievinghigheryields.Thereisasuggestionthatthesetraceelementsmayenhancediseasetoleranceandtherebyreducetheneedorhigherratesoungicide.FurthertrialsarebeingconductedatAgriiFocustoconfrmthissuggestion.Iyouwouldlikeurtherinormationonanyothesetrialspleasecontactyourlocalagronomist.UpdatefromaroundtheregionAgriiFocus03AgriiFocusDATESFORYOURDIARYCentredaroundAgriisextensive18hectareAgriiFocusWesternTechnologyCentrenearSwindonthefollowingeventswillbeheldduringtheseason3rdFebruarySpringAgronomyevent30thAprilWOSRGrowersevent4thJuneBarleyGrowersevent8thJulymainday9thJulyAgriiFocusSummereventFormoredetailspleasespeakwithyourusualAgriicontactoremailjenny.langtonagrii.co.ukAgriiFocusresearchupdateJanuary2015SyedShahRDManagerWestVisitorstotheAgriiFocusautumneventviewingtheOSRestablishmenttrialplotsAgriiFocusEVENTSUPDATEFigure3WinteroilseedrapedrilledatAgriiFocus.Figure2WinterwheatdrilledatAgriiFocus.Figure1WinterbarleydrilledatAgriiFocus.Fig4.GrainyieldofwinterwheatvarietiesatAgriiFocus2013-2014 Betterbalancedmicro-nutritioncandrivewheatyieldssubstantiallyatrelativelylittleextracosttodelivervaluableprotabilityimprovementsrevealtwoyearsodetailedBestoBritishWheattrialsdataattheAgriiFocusTechnologyCentre.HereregionaltrialsmanagerDrSyedShahhasbeeninvestigatingawholerangeoPKSMgandtraceelementinteractionsalongsidenitrogeninresearchplotstoidentiyandquantiykeyperormanceandprotabilityimprovementopportunities.Thisworkisdesignedtosupportandinormtheexcitingseriesoeld-scaleAgrii15tChallengestudiesunderwayoncommercialarmsacrossthecountry.Weseeclassicdiminishingreturnsromextranitrogenabovearound270kghaasotherlimitingactorskickinhepointsout.Whereweapply300kghaoNormoreinpursuitoyieldscloserto15thathoughwendworthwhileresponsestohigherlevelsoPandK.InthesamewayweveoundinsucientsulphurlimitingresponsestoNPandKandvice-versa.InsucientmagnesiumhasalsolimitedresponsestosulphurwithKieserite25MgOdeliveringvaluableyieldadvantagesoverammoniumsulphatewithnoMg.Perhapsmostimpressivehavebeentheyieldresponsesomorethan1.0thaDrShahhasrecordedinhisworkwithamixtureooliarmicro-nutrientsappliedaspartothenormalsprayprogramme.Interestinglyhismostrecentstudieshaveshownnoresponsetoindividualapplicationsozinccopperorboronbutanextra0.5tharomaprogrammeincludingallthreeelements.Andthishasclearlybeenlinkedtobettergreenlearetentionduringgrainll.Theresmoreonthisworkonpage3othisjournal.Allourworkunderlinestheimportanceoeliminatingallthevariousnutritionallimitationsinordertomakethemostoeverynutrientweapplyheinsists.Thisbecomesmorecriticalathigherlevelsoperormance.Ourtargetora15thacropisessentially500earsm2carrying55grainsearwitha1000grainweighto55g.Forthisweneedtobuildandmaintainsucienttillersensurethebestpossiblegrainsetandpreservethemostecientcropcanopytosupportgrainll.Werelookingtoinfuencevariousdierentelementsocropperormancewithournutrientapplications.Earlyinthespringwewanttodrivetillerproductionandsurvival.Intomid-seasonandwereaterbuildingthemostecientcanopyandensuringthegreatestearertility.Andlateronourkeyobjectiveistosustainthatcanopyoraslongaswecanormaximumcarbohydratetranserintothegrain.Iyouhave15hectaresoclaimablearableareayouwillneedtondyourEcologicalFocusAreasaspartoyourBasicPaymentSchemethereare5optionsorthis1.Hedges2.BufferStrips3.Fallow4.Legumes5.CoverCatchcropsSomethingstorememberHEDGESWhencanIclaimbothmyhedgeandabufferstripFeatureorderonthegroundmustbehedgeeligibleditch FocusonHOLLOSRHigh-OleicLow-LinolenicDorianJonesSeedManager-West05OutwiththeoldandinwiththenewBarryBarkerNationalArableSeedProductManagerAtthetimeowritingthenewHGCARecommendedListshavejustbeenpublishedandwhilstvarietychoiceornextautumnmayseemalongwayawayitisworthconsideringwhatthenewvarietiesoertothemarket.Asusualthewinterwheatlistislikelytoattractthemostattentionandcertainlythislastautumnhasseenaswingromyieldbeingtheoutandoutdecisionmakertodiseaseresistancecombinedwithotheractors.Butthespeedothatswinghasbeenquickerthanexpecteddrivenbythediseasepressureolastyear.VarietiessuchKWSSantiagosueredabigdropinmarketshareandvarietieswithgooddiseaseresistanceparticularlytoseptoriasuchasCrusoeandRevelationgained.KWSTrinitycertainlyhasimprovedoverallrustresistanceagainsttheotherGroup1wheatvarietiesandseptoriaresistanceisreasonabletoosoitoersauseulalternativeinmillingwheat.KWSLiliisintheNABIMGroup2categorybutwithyieldsuptherewithKWSSantiago.Thisisavarietythatverymuchtsthemouldothosethatwerepopularlastseasonwithitsgoodseptoriaresistance.ThiswasconrmedinAgriistrialslastyearwhereitperormedverywell.TheothervarietythatwillcatchpeoplesattentionisRefectionahardeedwheatthatisthetopyieldingvarietyalbeitbyjustover1.GoodgrainandearlymaturityarebackedwithdecentdiseaseresistancethoughYellowRustmayneedwatching.Thehardeedwheatcategoryisthebiggestinthemarketsoitisnotdiculttoseewhythiswillbeointerestormany.WinterrapeisourbiggestbreakcropbyalongwayandasisnormallythecasethenewvarietiestothemarketwillbethosethatwillappearonthenewcandidatelistsintheNewYear.AgaindiseaseresistanceisbecomingamajoractorinvarietychoiceorLightLeaSpotinparticular.AlizzeisahybridwithveryhighyieldandhighoilcontentbutisspecicallyointerestbecauseoitsveryhighscoreorLightLeaSpotresistance.OntheconventionalsideNikitahasalsosetnewstandardsorLightLeaSpotresistanceandisexpectedtobethetopyieldingconventionalontheEastWestcandidatelistswhentheyarepublished.Thediseasehasbecomemuchmorewidespreadinrecentyearssoitisnosurprisethatthosewiththebestresistancearecomingtotheoreintrials.JournalAgriiWestSpring2015RuralCommunityChampionsSeedFarmerswhohaveOSRintheirrotationareseeingtheirmarginseverdecreasingsoitspleasingthataHOLLRapeisthehighestyieldingOSRinthenewHGCApublication.WiththeoldvarietieslikeSplendoryieldsweresignicantlylowerthanotherhybridsandtheoilbonuswasneededtomakethecropananciallyviablecrop.WiththeadventoV316HOLLrapeisnowagiltedgedassetorthearmertogrow.Therearetwocrushesayearoneatharvestandthesecondattheendotheyearattractingvaryingdegreesopremiumssogrowersdoneedadequatestoragetocapitaliseonthelaterperiodomovement.DemandorthistypeooilproleisgrowingannuallyandsignicantimprovementscanbemadetoonesgrossmarginwiththisnewDekalbVarietyAgronomyinputsandertilisersareidenticaltothatootherHybridssothereisnoadditionalspendjustaddedincome.IsthereapersoninyourruralcommunitywhomakesarealdierencetotheenvironmentinwhichyouliveandworkNominatethemaspartoourcampaigntondtheUKsruralcommunitychampionsandtheycouldwintherecognitiontheydeserveaswellas1000orthemselvesortheircause.WererunningthiscompetitioninconjunctionwithFCNacharitysupportedbyAgriiwhoprovideadviceandsupportorarmingamiliesintimesocrisis.Otenunnoticedbutalwaysaroundusruralcommunitychampionsarethepeoplewhovolunteertimeresourcesormoneyoracommunityorprojectintheirlocalarea.Theyhelpdevelopourruralcommunitiestoensuretheyremainactiveandcontinuetobenetthepeoplewhochoosetolivewithinthem.Thiscouldbethroughundraisingeortscareoelderlyneighboursrestorationovillagebuildingsmaintenanceovillagepropertyorganisationocommunityeventsorarmvisitsorschoolchildrenorthesupportocommunityprojects-anythingthatbringsabenetorimprovementtotheruralcommunityyoulivein.DoyouknowalocalruralheroPRIZES20localwinnersfromacrosstheUK-50Tworunnersup-500eachOverallwinner-1000TheoverallwinnerwillbechosenbyAgriicustomersatoureventsinsummer2015.HOWTOENTERJustgotowww.agrii.co.uktonominatesomeoneyouknow.Fulltermsandconditionscanalsobefoundonthewebsite. 06JournalAgriiWestSpring2015ContactdetailsGrassland2015AgriiiFarmlocationsintheWestEnquiryContactNumbersAgriiConsultancyServicesPaulPickordpaul.pickordagrii.co.uk07909925413AgronomyServicesRobertBakerrobert.bakeragrii.co.uk07831430172DominicSwainsondominic.swainsonagrii.co.uk07885252391JohnStevensonjohn.stevensonagrii.co.uk07545502651SimonApplebysimon.applebyagrii.co.uk07831874157PaulDoylepaul.doyleagrii.co.uk07973340349NigelFrancisnigel.rancisagrii.co.uk07515577093ChrisRylattchris.rylattagrii.co.uk07885252469AgriiFarmSavedSeedProcessingMarkTaylormark.s.tayloragrii.co.uk07836527251HughBoswellhugh.boswellagrii.co.uk01227753723CropMarketingDavidNealedavid.nealeagrii.co.uk07799695549FertiliserSalesMarketInformationAlistairKingalistair.kingagrii.co.uk07880787473PaulGillpaul.gillagrii.co.uk07831324979RegionalTechnicalAdviserTimHortontim.hortonagrii.co.uk07770648945JohnVickeryjohn.vickeryagrii.co.uk07899994324SeedAdviceVarietySalesInformationDavidSmithDianeGrifths0776886507807774120911DorianJonesBecciShrimpton0777473958207836541661RebeccaFalkner07551150732SoilQuestPrecisionAgronomyJohnLordjohn.lordagrii.co.uk07918054765ChrisHoskinschris.hoskinsagrii.co.uk07545927488YourlocalAgriiiFarms1.Stafford2.Wilton3.BrackleyandNewtonPurcell4.HolcombeRogus5.SouthWales6.Cotswold7.Winderton8.Ludlow9.Bromsgrove10.Dorset11.SouthWestForageiFarmYourlocalAgriiTechnologyCentre12.AgriiFocusKeynAgriiiFarmsnAgriiTechnologyCentreAgriiisamajorsponsoragainatGrasslandUKinMay2015.ComeandjoinusforsomerefreshmentsandseeourdemonstrationsonweedcontrolSmartgrassandSoilQuestprecisionagronomy.ComeandvisitusontheAgriistandatGrasslandUK7thMay2015BathandWestShowgroundSheptonMalletFormoreinformationemailbrendan.paulagrii.co.ukorsarah.wilkinsonagrii.co.uk.GrasslandUK