Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6T he OSR varieties were all drilled successfully at our Bartonfields iFarm last year, and most of them came flying out the ground with the exception of a couple of slow developers. The plots thickened up and we were thinking how well they were developing and how we looked forward to our first farmer field visit in October. The day soon arrived and around 20 farmers listened intently to Robin Nurse in the field, with everybody taking part in discussions around the best varieties for their farm, the best cultivation techniques and how best to establish the crop (and there were a lot of different ideas there). And then it all went horribly wrong! We sent a couple of willing young volunteers out to do root assessments and guess what news they came back with… almost the whole plot had got Clubroot. But were we beaten? No we weren’t. After much deliberation about what to replace the crop with and discussions with our host farmer, Will Smith, we’ve decided to leave the crop in the ground. So, what next? Apart from the two clubroot resistant varieties, it looks as if we’ll lose the lot. What we’re going to do is see if we can take a doomed crop and try some different ideas to see if we can take it through to harvest to at least cover its costs. Ideas range from rapidly lifting the pH with Calcifert to putting a soil acting fungicide on, to feeding it continually through the leaf. And it’ll be interesting to see how the two clubroot resistant varieties do (one looks really promising at present). Let’s be honest, it is a shot in the dark. But with so much clubroot showing on farms now it’s got to be worth a try; and at least when you come to our open evening (provisional date 19th June) we can say ‘here’s a couple of ideas’ or ‘just pull the crop up and start again’. Our iFarms aren’t just about doing some trials and showing how brilliant we are, they’re about showing what really happens in your fields and what to do, if anything, when things don’t quite go to plan. We’ll keep you posted. Journal Agrii Spring 2017 Regional update 02 A grii customers enjoyed a successful night at the annual GRFGS results dinner in December. Boddington Estates were the Premier Award winner with the most points in all classes. The winner of the Agrii cup for most outstanding winter oilseed rape crop (Vale and Cotswolds) was Nick Bumford, Guiting Manor Farms. Other winners included Robin Smith, H W Smith and Son (profitable wheat), Jason Brain, A D & Brain and Son (best winter barley), Jake Freestone, Overbury Estates (most outstanding winter wheat crop), and Greg Dancer, Manor Farm (Best Arable in the Cotswolds). Bartonfields Photo Competition 2017 T he competition that we ran last year to help furnish the walls of our new Bartonfields meeting room with lovely pictures, went so well that we’ve decided to run it again. Please send your farming and landscape related photographs to events@agrii.co.uk by 1st June. There will be prizes for all the winners, and the chance to see your photos in our 2017 calendar and in our future publications. Full terms and conditions are at www.agrii.co.uk. Bartonfields iFarm OSR trials… will they be a disaster? Nigel Francis, Bartonfields Team Manager Update from around the region Robin Nurse talking in the OSR plots at our Bartonfields iFarm event in October Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society Update 02 Event preview – focus on Newton Purcell. I s zero disturbance drilling having an effect on blackgrass populations? Which cover crop strategy sets up the best conditions for spring drilling? Is there an effective way to delay the emergence of a crop to provide a more flexible herbicide approach? Come to our Newton Purcell iFarm event on 15th March to find out more.