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Agrii West Summer 2016 Contents Raising the quality wheat bar in Dorset Page 1 Your local team - news and iFarm dates Page 2 Soil management under the spotlight at AgriiFocus Page 3 Facing the fertiliser volatility challenge Page 4 As harvest approaches have you considered farm saved seed Page 4 Disease resistance the most important characteristic of a variety Page 5 Is it size or quality that matters when it comes to wildlife habitats on farmland Page 5 Agrii at Cereals 2016 Page 6 Enquiry Contact Numbers Page 6 www.agrii.co.uk agriiUK 01 T ogether the Moderski familys KAM Farming and Yuill Farms almost equalled Rod Smiths world wheat record with a 16.39 tha wheat crop at Friar Waddon just outside Weymouth last year. Not only this but the entire 12.2 ha field of late October-sown Skyfall made full milling specification. Even more impressively at an input cost of less than 35t it earned a gross margin comfortably over 1500ha. Having taken a fresh thoroughly integrated grip on the agronomy by moving to an Agrii team led by agronomist Todd Jex and seed manager Dorian Jones in 2014 a switch was made from mainly feed to 100 milling varieties. At the same time a wheat average of 10 tha was targeted. Unsurprisingly then the 11.1 t ha averaged across 120 ha of Skyfall and Crusoe last harvest by far the best in 28 years of contract-farming the 570 ha holding has led Kris wife Ann son Mark and their Yuill Farms principals to seriously raise their arable performance sights. As important to the Moderskis as last years record harvest was the fact that at 12.35 tha Yuill Farms milling wheats on heavy clay were the best performing in this category across Agriis entire Maximising Arable Performance MAP benchmarking group of 70 southern county growers. This really shows were getting things right stressed Mark. With the sort of yielding ability and Septoria resistance the best Group 1 varieties have these days switching entirely to milling wheats has proved an excellent decision along with employing the micro-nutrient programme that has given such good results in local Agrii trials. The extra information were getting from the companys research as well as their benchmarking is invaluable too he continued. Having had the whole farm SoilQuest mapped in the past year were also making great progress in improving the precision of PK applications and liming. Variable rate nitrogen using satellite imagery was extremely useful last season reducing fertiliser usage evening-up crops and allowing us to make the most of the FYM and slurry from the dairy herd. Whats really made the difference though is putting all these elements together with the best possible coordination in a way that suits the ground and equipment. The past two years have been a real eye-opener in so many ways Kris Moderski concluded. I see no reason why we cant target a good 11tha on a regular basis from the milling wheats these days. Raising the quality wheat bar in Dorset Top-Performing Yuill Farms Milling Wheat Vital Statistics 12.2 ha of Skyfall on good wheat ground Sown at 350 seedsm2 Pre- and post-em herbicide programme Four fungicide sprays and PGR 260 kgha of solid N plus 30kgha liquid Protol Specialist trace element regime Total input costs including seed insecticides and adjuvants 543ha Over-the-weighbridge yield 16.39 tha of full specification milling wheat Unit input costs 33.12tonne Gross margin with milling wheat at 138t 1719ha. L-R Mark Moderski Todd Jex Kris Moderski. Journal Agrii West Summer 2016 West Regional Update 02 Heres a list of our upcoming iFarm and Technology Centre events over the summer season. Please look out for your invitations through the post and contact your agronomist email eventsagrii.co.uk or call Maz on 01480 418172 if youd like to attend or receive more information. 7th June Newton Purcell iFarm event integrated control of blackgrass 9th June Dorset summer iFarm event 20th June Bartonelds iFarm summer event 21st June South Wales iFarm Summer Event 22nd June Ludlow iFarm Summer Event 23rd June Brackley iFarm Summer Event 28th June Winderton iFarm Summer Event 29th June Bromsgrove iFarm Summer Event 30th June South West iFarm Summer Event 6th July AgriiFocus Technology Centre Summer Event 7th July Callow Bayer Site Summer Event Glencore will be running a moisture meter clinic at each of the summer iFarm events listed above so please bring your moisture meters along on the day. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Summer shows and events Well be at a range of shows and events across the region this summer a selection of which are below. Please come and see us for a chat and some refreshments. 27th July NSA Sheep Event Three Counties Showground 3rd August North Devon Show 4th August Honiton Show 10th September Usk Show 17th September Welsh Ploughing Championships Agrii on Facebook You can now keep up to date with whats going on at the Ludlow Brackley and Newton Purcell Finmere South West and Bartonfields iFarms on their respective Facebook pages. Please email eventsagrii.co.uk if youd like to be sent a direct link to the pages or search for them on Facebook. A big thank you to everyone who entered our Bartonfields photo competition. We are pleased to announce that the winners were Abbie Roobottom Sara-Lee Burton Tim Preece Kathryn Richards Rob Shufebotham Rob Atkin Theirphotos arenowon display in the new meeting room at our Bartonfields office. Spring events round up Tell us what you think We recently sent questionnaires out in the post to find out what topics youd liketoseeus coverat oureventsoverthe next year. The survey can also be filled in online www.surveymonkey.co.ukrifarmevents or please send us feedback or suggestions at any time to eventsagrii.co.uk. A big thank you to everyone who attended one of our iFarm events this spring. We had ex-technical director at Simba and soils expert Philip Wright along to our soil health day at Bartonfields in March. Philip looked at the effects that the different cover crop plots were having on soil structure and the impacts of compaction. We also had excellent weather for both of our OSR open days at AgriiFocus and the Brackley iFarm and although both were good spray days it was great to still see a good number of you on the day. Right Philip Wright talking soil structure at the Bartonelds iFarm. Bartonelds photo competition results Your local team News and iFarm dates AgriiFocus Technology Centre update 03 W e managed to drill all of our trials in autumn 2015 and all have established very well. The mild winter soon after drilling resulted in the rapid growth and development of the winter oilseed rape and winter barley crops. However both crops along with winter wheat experienced a spell of significantly cold and wet weather which restricted their growth and development. These sudden changes in temperature as well as rainfall intensity can have significant effects on the crop agronomic practices and decisions for producing the various crops especially oilseed rape. Autumn application of nitrogen and phosphorous can have positive effects on crop establishment and root growth of oilseed rape which can help the crop to overcome the negative effect of sudden changes in the weather pattern. Also an established oilseed rape plant can withstand prolonged periods of waterlogging depending on the variety. The use of autumn N and foliar nutrition can improve early crop establishment and root growth. Our previous trials on foliar nutrition such as Nutri-phite PGA and Quark demonstrated their positive effect on crop establishment and crop canopy in the difficult autumn of 2012 when compared with the untreated plots. Foliar nutrition along with an appropriate seed- rate should be used as a measure of insurance to improve crop establishment and survival in the uncertain weather conditions which we have experienced over the last four years. Currently we are investigating the effect of range of foliar nutrition options for maximising yield and farm profitability on a range of varieties of wheat barley and oilseed rape. Foliar application of potash Feeder K had a positive effect on the grain yield of wheat and oilseed rape Fig 1 and Fig 2. Our research has also shown that there are significant differences amongst varieties in terms of their susceptibility to different diseases and their responses to foliar nutrition and fungicides. By selecting varieties that have a good level of resistance against the key disease we can reduce cost of production enhance nutrient use efficiency and maximise farm profitability. One of the objectives at the AgriiFocus Technology Centre is to maximise farm profitability by targeting the right inputs especially macro nutrition by understanding SoilQuest Agrii precision services maps and soil analysis reports. This will help us to improve our soil health in terms of organic matter soil biology and soil fertility. Currently we are investigating the role of different cover crops and organic manure treatments on the physical and chemical properties of soil and yield. Our SoilQuest team and our technical experts will discuss a range of trial results and varieties on 6th of July 2016 at the summer AgriiFocus event we hope to see you there. AgriiFocus Summer Event 2016 Soil management under the spotlight at AgriiFocus Dr Syed Shah West Region RD Manager. syed.shahagrii.co.uk D ont miss the AgriiFocus Summer event on Wednesday 6th July which is being held at Agriis 18 hectare western RD Technology Centre near Swindon Wiltshire from 8.30am to 6pm. Small group interactive plot tours of the wheat trials will take place throughout the day and include discussion on wheat varieties disease control nutrition soil health and cover crops. After lunch an additional tour will include winter and spring barley varieties spring barley agronomy plus WOSR varieties. Growers are welcome to arrive at a time to suit them and join the next tour out. Morning tours will leave site between 8.30 and 10.30am afternoon tours from 1.15 2.45pm with each tour lasting around 2 hours. An extensive exhibition including a large machinery display adds to the attraction of this long standing vibrant event. The usual FREE moisture meter testing is also offered. For more details or to book your place please call your local Agrii contact or email AFeventsagrii.co.uk. We hope to see you there Fig 1 Trial 15353-Effect of Feeder K on grain yield of winter wheat JB Diego at AgriiFocus 2014-2015. Drilled on 2nd Oct 2014-Harvested on 21st Aug 2015 GrainYieldtha-1 Untreated 15.20 15.00 14.80 14.60 14.40 14.20 14.00 Feeder K 2.5 Lha at T2 Feeder K 5.0 Lha at T2 Untreated Feeder K 5.0 Early March Feeder K 5.0 Mid April Feeder K 5.0 Early March fb Feeder K 5.0 Mid April Fig 2 Trial 15314-Effect of Feeder K on grain yield of winter oilseed rape Harper at AgriiFocus 2014-2015. Drilled on 29th Aug 2014-Harvested on 8th Aug 2015 GrainYieldtha-1 500 4.50 4.00 3.50 3.00 2.50 T his time last summer my article in this journal had the same title and started with the words No year is ever the same in the fertiliser world. This years experience shows just how true these words are. I also discussed currency and its effect during an election year. This years main focus has been around global alignment in the backdrop of weakening currency and weak commodity levels. Although the UK fertiliser market represents a small piece of the global network of fertiliser production there have been some radical changes within the main structure of CF Fertilisers what was formerly GrowHow UK Ltd. Historically UK ammonium nitrate was produced through a 5050 Joint Venture between Yara and CF Fertilisers. However in July 2015 a 580 million deal took place which saw CF Fertilisers take 100 ownership of the two remaining Ammonium Nitrate plants in the UK. CF Fertilisers see strong growth in the UK market and their key focus is upon production for UK farmers. 60 of the UKs nitrogen is imported and their focus is to gain market share and strengthen their position in the UK fertiliser market. Agrii remains a major retailer of CF fertilisers to UK farmers. The continued challenge facing the UK market will be currency and supply from imported fertilisers. Euro and dollar exchange rates will continue to affect imported fertiliser costs and we could see significant challenges around prices as we approach the referendum. Global supplies of fertiliser seem stable but to achieve the lowest import prices on products such as urea purchase volumes need to be bigger. So rather than purchasing a 5-10kt shipment you may have to look at 30kt vessels which shows huge commitment in a flat market. The other challenge is sourcing good quality urea fertilisers as there is huge variation in urea depending on the manufacturer and country of origin. So its important to have a purchasing strategy. Agrii has a network of fertiliser product managers across the country to help provide you with the best advice on when to buy and with the cost effective option of finance via Agrii Finance. We understand the market and can help you design a purchasing strategy suited to your own business needs. Another challenge facing the UK fertiliser industry for the future is the price of phosphate fertilisers. Draft regulations have been submitted for specific cadmium levels in phosphate fertilisers which could influence phosphate supply into the UK market in years to come. The draft proposal is set to look at increasing the amount of phosphorus to farms via waste streams but also to harmonise the levels of cadmium in phosphate fertilisers supplied to member states. This in turn could have specific consequences on where the UK sources phosphate fertiliser from thus in turn possibly increasing phosphate costs. Agrii supplies a wide range of fertiliser products including liquids suspensions standard blends and straights. In addition to this Agrii provides tailor made blends which can include trace elements. Agrii also manufactures a range of micro and granular starter fertilisers. For more information on Agrii fertilisers please contact your local agronomist or product manager or call our fertiliser department on 01277 898201. Fertiliser updateFarm Saved Seed 04 L ow grain prices and the uncertainty of a firmer market is concentrating farmers mindson reducing their variable costs and finding ways ofeasing cash flow at a critical time of the year. Significant savings that could be made by using their own grain could be the answer for many growers. Farm saved seed is already an integral part of many farm businesses in fact its estimated that 45 of seed planted is farm saved. This autumn it is likely that more farmers and advisors will consider Farm-saving as a cost saving option. Many popular well tried and tested varieties of wheat and barley are in the ground the better crops will already be ear marked for on farm processing. AgriisFarm Saved Seed businesscontinues to grow in response to market demands and Agrii has an ongoing investment programme in staff and machinery ensuring that the service on farm is continually maintained and improved. Our operators are fully qualified and experienced in seed processing cleaning and the accurate application of seed treatments and we take health and safety issues very seriously with rigorous protocols to minimise the risk to bothfarm staff and Agrii personnel. Agriis most recent new build mobile will be commissioned for harvest 2016 and its features include a de-awner Westrup cleaner gravity table and the latest Bayer seed treatment application technology. It incorporates our rolling road system for improved safety and continuous production. Reso based in Staffordhas also recently joined the Agrii business. Their site is a perfect geographic fit and further bolsters our extensive team. Reso were pioneers in offering a mobile colour sorting facility to customers primarily for ergot removal andalso a large scale high capacitybulk grain cleaning mobile to enhance grain quality both of which are strategicadditions to theAgrii mobile fleet. As harvest approaches why not contact your local seed contact to see how Agriis farm saved seed service can benefit your own farm business As harvest approaches have you considered Farm Saved Seed Hugh Boswell Agrii Farm Saved Seed Team. hugh.boswell.agrii.co.uk Facing the Fertiliser volatility challenge Tom Land Fertiliser Manager. tom.landagrii.co.uk 05 Journal Agrii West Summer 2016 Seed and environment A topic that has cropped up in conversation quite frequently recently has been the resistance to different diseases that varying varieties have and whether that is more important than a 1 or 2 greater yield on the AHDB list. Those diseases that are focused on tend to be Septoria tritici and yellow rust in wheat and light leaf spot in oilseed rape. There is no doubt that historically growers have tended to focus on that little bit extra yield a new variety might have more than having a slightly greater resistance to a particular disease. After all most lists are ranked in yield order. And somehow the fact that it states in small print that yield differences of less than 4 for example are not significant this seems to be ignored when it comes to choosing varieties. Yet it might be of far greater importance to a lot of growers to look at Septoria resistance ranking as a priority in wheat or light leaf spot in OSR. With the swing to varieties like Crusoe and Skyfall for this harvest maybe we are already seeing a bit of a change But looking at the AHDB data on disease scores may not be quite the best guide. Those scores are necessarily an average and if a variety has a declining resistance what is important is what it is not what it was. Agrii data on disease is based on our most recent assessment not an average. Those scores for Septoria tritici tell us that the best resistance is in varieties like Crusoe Skyfall KWS Lili KWS Siskin Solace and Graham. In terms of yellow rust there are a number of varieties that still hold on to a top rating Crusoe RGT Illustrious KWS Siskin Graham Dickens and Costello. But rust ratings tend to change quite quickly so speak to your Agrii agronomist for the very latest data. On light leaf spot in oilseed rape you need to look to varieties such as Alizze DK Exalte Elgar and Nikita. Good disease resistance helps protect the yield potential of a variety when it is difficult to get the sprays on at the right time and limits the damage infections can cause. So maybe the most important figure youll see isnt the one at the top of a list the yield. It might well be the latest disease scores Disease resistance the most important characteristic of a variety Barry Barker Agrii Seed Manager. barry.barkeragrii.co.uk T hats how the saying goes but is it true When it comes to farmland habitats I dont think it is. In 2003 subsidies were decoupled from production and re coupled to things environmental. Since then a number of environmental schemes have offered payments for environmental delivery with varying degrees of success. The payments have focused on area with in my opinion insufficient focus on the standard of delivery. The latest CAP reform uses greening as an environmental tool with wildlife delivery hopes pinned on EFAs. Again EFAs focus on area taking 5 land out of production. The plan or more accurately threat is that if farmland wildlife continues to decline then the percentage of land taken out of production may rise. So what does this mean Firstly I think the governments focus on size is wrong. Size or area are easily measured so easily audited but the key is what you do with the land not the amount taken out of production. Research has repeatedly shown that quality habitats deliver quality results. Treat habitats as crops that require active management. The better the quality the less the land you take out of production. This is good news for both farmers and wildlife but how do we achieve this Holy Grail and why have we failed to get there so far In a word training. Farmers need to learn to farm habitats and be rewarded for delivery not area. To lead by example Agrii has linked up with Natural England and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to create agronomist and farmer environmental training days. Like any other crop there is a need for training no one is born with habitat knowledge. Long term farmland experiments have shown that wildlife responds rapidly to quality habitats which means many government biodiversity targets can be met. A recent large scale five-year experiment showed that certain arable crops gave a yield increase when the surrounding wildlife was increased. If 3 of the land was sown to quality habitats it would deliver more wildlife than the current EFA 5 with its weak habitat options. Does all this matter Yes I think it does. As an industry we need to environmentally put up or accept that the non farming sector will drive future policy in OUR industry. Secondly quality environmental habitats hold some of the richest genetic material that we may need in the future. In summary we need better understanding more training and a belief that all of this matters. It is encouraging to see the trained farmers understanding the need for and delivering more diverse habitats to a much higher standard and proud of the contribution these make to the farm. Please speak to your Agrii agronomist if you would be interested in attending future training days. A practical book on habitat creation and management can be obtained free from www.ceh.ac.ukbook-habitat-creation- and-management-pollinators They say size matters Marek Nowakowki Independent Environmental Agronomist 06 Journal Agrii West Summer 2016 Enquiry Contact Numbers Agrii Consultancy Services Paul Pickford paul.pickfordagrii.co.uk 07909 925 413 Agronomy Services Robert Baker robert.bakeragrii.co.uk 07831 430 172 Dominic Swainson dominic.swainsonagrii.co.uk 07885 252 391 John Stevenson john.stevensonagrii.co.uk 07545 502651 Paul Doyle paul.doyleagrii.co.uk 07973 340 349 Nigel Francis nigel.francisagrii.co.uk 07515 577 093 Chris Rylatt chris.rylattagrii.co.uk 07885 252 469 Agrii Farm Saved Seed Processing Mark Taylor mark.s.tayloragrii.co.uk 07836 527 251 Hugh Boswell hugh.boswellagrii.co.uk 01227 753 723 Crop Marketing Paul Taylor paul.tayloragrii.co.uk 07525 234309 Fertiliser Sales Market Information Alistair King alistair.kingagrii.co.uk 07880 787 473 Paul Gill paul.gillagrii.co.uk 07831 324 979 Regional Technical Advisers Tim Horton tim.hortonagrii.co.uk 07770 648 945 John Vickery john.vickeryagrii.co.uk 07899 994324 Robin Nurse robin.nurseagrii.co.uk 07966 650706 Seed Advice Variety Sales Information David Smith Becci Shrimpton 07768 865 078 07836 541 661 Dorian Jones Ian Davy 07774 739 582 07890 550559 Diane Griffiths 07774 120 911 SoilQuest Precision Agronomy Chris Hoskins chris.hoskinsagrii.co.uk 07545 927 488 6 1 3 6 4 1 2 5 3 Contact DetailsCereals 2016 Agrii iFarm locations in the West Join-up with Agriis integrated agronomy at Cereals 2016 15th 16th June Chrishall Grange Nr Duxford Cambridgeshire For more information please email sarah.wilkinsonagrii.co.uk 6 3 06 Winderton Ludlow Bromsgrove Dorset South West Forage iFarm our local Agrii chnology Centre AgriiFocus Key n Agrii iFarms n Agrii Technology Centre AMMA is the UKs largest farm machinery equipment and agricultural services show d is free to attend. Well be in Hall 7 again this year and once again well be on the RoSO knowledge trail so come and talk to us to get your CPD points. ww.lammashow.co.uk Come and visit us on the Agrii stand at LAMMA 2016 20th and 21st January 2016 East of England Showground Peterborough For more information email sarah.wilkinsonagrii.co.uk. 14102015 1141 6 1 3 Elements of Agriis integrated agronomy offer will be on show at various locations across the Cereals 2016 site PrecisionAgronomy Stand330 Learn how AgriisSoilQuestandweatherstation network are helping farmersandgrowers achieve more fromtheirsoilsandmakemore accurate decisionsaboutinputuse. Buy-BackContractsStand545 Agriiand Glencore are workingtogetherto bring farmersa range ofuniquebuy-back contracts linking qualityMasterSeeds innovative agronomy andaddedvalueend markets. Farm-Saved Seed Adjacent to Stand 545 Meetouron-farmprocessingteamandfindouthow wecanbuildextrapotentialintoyourfarm-savedseed. Naked Oat Production Stand 1120 Visit GB Seeds on the Just Oats stand to view the latest varieties of Naked Oats and discover the opportunity for this valuable niche crop. Lime Services Stand 422 RT Liming has recently joined the Agrii family as part of our comprehensive soil management and nutrition portfolio. 1. Bartonelds 2. Callow Bayer site 3. BrackleyNewton Purcell 4. South West Taunton 5. South Wales 6. Winderton 7. Ludlow 8. Bromsgrove 9. Dorset 10. AgriiFocus Technology Centre