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Agrii East Spring 2014



Highlighting improvement opportunities – the Agrii Initiative

Optimising inputs and identifying management practices is a major objective on most farms.

Standing up for farming

Much of what we read in the media is unbalanced and the many stories about what farming provides are often overlooked.

Focus on Soil Management for Black-Grass Control

Growers and agronomists were advised at the latest national Soil & Water Management Centre improvement event in Lincolnshire.

Pull it up or leave it alone?

The statisticians have been advising us all about the fact that 2012 was for most the wettest year in their lifetime.

‘Volatility’ remains at the heart of the grain market in this new era

The risk and financial impact on your arable business continues to be dominated by world market volatility. The savage swings in weather patterns around the globe, are proving to pose a consistent threat to production in the major producing regions and affecting what historically have been stable supplies. The key to risk management is to […]

Common Agricultural Policy Update

Beth Metson – Farm Environment Consultant The Common Agricultural Policy affects 45% of European land, it makes up 40% of EU budget and it goes beyond agriculture to industries such as forestry. The CAP reform is not likely to be complete until 2015, delayed from 2014.  Climate change, food security and sustainable use of natural […]

Non-compliance still costing farmers

Failures of cross compliance inspections in 2012 have recently been published by the RPA (www.rpa.defra.gov.uk).  The results show poor record keeping was the major factor in cross compliance breaches costing farmers £1.4 million in reductions to their Single Payment Scheme (SPS). Changes have been made to cross compliance rules in the past year, primarily around […]

New Precision Options from SoilQuest

SoilQuest is Agrii’s Precision Agronomy System, providing agronomists, farmers and growers with accurate information about their soils on which to base profitable decisions. Currently working with a significant numbers of our customers across the East, SoilQuest uses Veris scanning and detailed analysis to produce soil maps and management zones within fields, which when integrated with […]

Spring Crop Options

Barry Barker – Arable Seed Product Manager The wet start to January will have prevented growers from planting any late drilled winter wheat for much of the last month or so. For many this is has meant a confirmation of what land will be left to be drilled with spring crops. What options are there […]

Grant Opportunity – Don’t miss out

The third round of the FFIS grant is available to apply for from 4 Feb – 4 April.  This grant, among other things gives 40% aid towards GPS equipment on tractors used for fertiliser application and is therefore a sort after aid. There are many other items that are included other than GPS, other key areas of […]


New Entry Level Stewardship options from January 2013

There are proposed changes that will affect ELS agreements starting from 1st January 2013.

SoilQuest get behind the combines – Harvest 2012

Despite the weather the SoilQuest team have been scanning right up behind the combines all over the eastern region.

Supporting growing decisions, Case study – Hush Heath Manor

Examining ways to fine-tune the timing of pesticides and fertiliser in order to maximise the return on the farm’s input spend.

Farm Saved Seed processing on farm – a positive alternative to Certified Seed

Farm Saved Seed is very well worth considering this spring – it’s an integral part of many farm…

Information Overload – It’s Decisions That Count

Today’s world is brimming with information
– whether you choose to get yours on-line, in-print…

Looking Forward in 2013

In our industry we face many challenges and 2012 was no different.

RTK GPS aids variable rate seed use

Thurlow Estate Farms drills autumn cereals at variable seed rates using RTK GPS guidance to allow for differing soil types within fields; aiming to establish even plant counts and ultimately improve yields. “In the past we suffered from variable establishment across the different soils,” explains Thurlow’s Farms Director Andrew Crossley. “We tried varying seed rates […]

Keeping one step ahead of the pests

Kevin Workman – Horticultural Agronomist The fluctuating UK climate tests everyone in one way or another. Top Fruit growers are no exception; in recent seasons we have witnessed resurgence in some of the more unusual insects appearing in their crops; including some long forgotten foes, which we had considered more of a nuisance, than a […]

Agrii announces new partnership with Dutch Plantin

Agrii is delighted to announce that they are to become National Distributors for Dutch Plantin, the innovative market leaders in the production and supply of coco-peat and coco products. Established for thirty years, Dutch Plantin is the World’s largest producer of coco-peat, with eleven production sites across Asia, Africa and the Netherlands.  Agrii is a […]

Agrii at the National Fruit Show 2013

Agrii recently attended the National Fruit Show 2013. The event which is held every year at the Kent Showground was celebrating its landmark anniversary of 80 years of showcasing the best of British fruit. Agrii Agronomists were on hand throughout the two days to discuss the range of services available including Ancillary Products, Weather Stations, […]

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