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Four cuts from April reseed - Monday, April 11, 2011

An April reseed last year still allowed four cuts of silage which have proved to be good quality on a Welsh farm, says forage seed company Barenbrug.  

Barrie Evans chose a mixture which included red and white clover. The mix Ensign Duet, combines Crusader, Alice and Barblanca white clovers with 66% Lemmon red clover for rapid nitrogen fixation for new leys, explains Barenbrug.

"I reseeded in April and took my first cut just six or seven weeks later," says Barrie. "It was brilliant quality - there wasn't a weed in the field. By October I'd taken a further three cuts."

Yukon maize promises high starch - Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Seed from the maize variety Yukon that promises silage which is vey high in starch is being made available for the first time, says Limagrain's Tim Richmond.

Yukon is capable of delivering over 6t/ha of starch yield, he adds. "Where both a high starch content and earliness are required, then Yukon is a very good choice. Across three years of LG trials, Yukon has been the highest yielding for starch. It is predicted to be a maturity class 10."

BGS Haylage Meeting Report - Monday, March 21, 2011

Horses show a clear preference when given a free choice of forages to eat, most often choosing silage over hay or haylage. Delegates at the BGS Making Haylage for Horses Workshop (sponsored by Ecosyl, Oliver Seeds and SilAC) heard how horses were given the option of a 35% dry matter silage, two haylages at 50% and 70% DM, and hay. They were given access to these for two hours a day.

BGS Haylage Meeting Wrap - Monday, March 21, 2011

Haylage hygienic quality should come before its nutritional quality, according to haylage researcher Dr Cecilia Mueller from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She told delegates at the BGS Making Haylage for Horses Workshop (sponsored by Ecosyl, Oliver Seeds and SilAC) that the most common hygiene problems in forages were moulds, yeasts and the growth of undesirable bacteria, all leading to loss of haylage and health problems in horses.

Pest protection for fodder beet - Friday, March 18, 2011

Seed of fodder beet varieties Blaze, Blizzard and Robbos, is now available treated with Force, rather than Mesurol, giving improved pest resistance, says Limagrain UK's Martin Titley. 

"The new Force seed treatment will better protect crops against pest damage. The active ingredient in Force is tefluthrin which provides protection against Mangold fly, millipede, pygmy beetle, spring tails, and symphilids," he says.

Simpler, folding grass roller launched - Friday, March 11, 2011

In response to farmer demand for a folding grass roller, OPICO has introduced a simpler and lower cost alternative to those it already supplies.

Baler offers one hour a day saving - Monday, February 28, 2011

A revolutionary Fast Release System (FRS), which can lead to savings of up to an hour a day during harvest, features on John Deere's all-new 900 Series variable chamber round balers.

FRS speeds up the bale ejection process by enabling the operator to unload the completed bale in less than five seconds, which is up to 10 seconds faster than a conventional machine, says John Deere. It employs a 'curtain' design to replace the traditional heavy rear door.

Help evaluating forage crop options - Friday, February 25, 2011

If you're trying to decide which forage crops to grow, a new guide, published by seed breeder Limagrain UK, is now available on paper or CD.

The 28-page comprehensive LG Forage Crop Guide contains information on main crops and catch crops including when to sow and harvest, typical yields, and nutritional content of each crop. Also included is UK performance data on the different varieties available in the market, from trials carried out by the company and the Scottish Crop Research Institute, says Limagrain UK.

Grass mixes offer more sugar - Monday, February 21, 2011

Four mixtures made up exclusively of Aberystwyth-bred high sugar ryegrasses and white clover blends are included in the 2011 herbage seed mixtures range from British Seed Houses.

 The Aber HSG premium range comprises specialist cattle grazing and long term grazing options, plus a medium term cutting mixture and a fourth variation specifically for dairy farmers taking a first cut followed by aftermath grazing. British Seed Houses is also offering Puna II perennial chicory as an option in grazing mixtures and red clover in cutting mixtures.

New red clover mixtures available - Monday, February 14, 2011

Red clover and grass mixes suited to either one or three year leys are now available in the Sinclair McGill range.

Admiral's Choice is designed to produce protein-rich silage for at least three years. It contains the red clover blend Red Admiral to ensure consistent yields through the growing season and a late tetraploid perennial ryegrass to boost sugar content, says Sinclair McGill. 


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