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New Herbicide for Fodder Beet - Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A herbicide designed to help fodder beet growers simplify the often-complex process of weed control is being launched for 2010 by United Phosphorous.

Triology is for post-emergence use soon after weeds germinate and works by targeting weeds with three different active ingredients, says the company's UK sales manager Richard Allen. "It also treats weeds with a robust overall dose of active ingredient, yet its specially-developed formulation shows a high degree of safety to the crop.

Options for Early Dock Control - Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tackling docks can begin from late March in many grass leys destined for silage and will protect silage yields and quality, says Duncan Connabeer, technical support manager for H L Hutchinson.

"Docks are bad news in grassland as they compete for light, nutrients and moisture," explains Duncan. "Trials have shown that a 10% infestation of docks will cause 10% loss of grass; equivalent to one trailer load of silage in 10.

New Silage Baling Machinery for 2010 - Monday, March 8, 2010

Round bale wrappers added to product range

New Lely Attis trailed round bale wrappers have been added to the range for 2010, says Lely UK.

The Lely Attis  PT 130 wrapper is the simplest model in the new trailed range and has been developed for small and medium sized farms who want to wrap their bales at a modest price, says the company. And for high volume farmers and contractors who will appreciate the rugged construction and its ability to cope with different bale diameter sizes with easy adjustments there is the Lely Attis PS 160, it adds.

EGF Offers Scientists Master Classes - Thursday, February 25, 2010

Attached to the EGF2010 General Meeting (August 29th to September 2nd, Kiel, Germany) Master Classes are being offered for young scientists, prior to the conference. 

The deadline for the application for a Master Class is March 15, 2010.

Three courses are available:

   1. Stable Isotopes in Grassland Science by Dr Hans Schnyder


   2. Experimentation in Biodiversity Studies by Dr. John Conolly

The Hurley and North Wyke Story - Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Hurley and North Wyke Story: 60 years of Grassland Research 1949-2009

Editors: Roger Wilkins, Steve Jarvis and Martin Blackwell.

IBERS set to lose 70 staff - Tuesday, February 9, 2010

IBERS, previously IGER and now part of the University of Aberystwyth, has announced that it intends to reduce staffing levels due to a funding deficit.

See the announcement via this link

Managing Woodchip Pads - Monday, February 8, 2010

On Wednesday 3rd February farmers from as far a field as Wiltshire visited Lower Porthamel Farm Talgarth, by kind permission of Joel Durrell for an HCC Open Day on Woodchip Pads.

Click here for a report from the event:  

Two further woodchip pad open days have been arranged by ADAS and EBLEX:


For information please contact Lynfa Davies on 01970 625050 or email


Clover Mix Proving Itself - Tuesday, February 2, 2010

An innovative mix of red and white clover varieties, launched in Barenbrug's new  Grass & Forage Seeds 2010 catalogue,  is showing potential to increase yields, says the company's agricultural product manager David Long.

The new mixture 'Ensign Duet' combines Crusader, Alice and Barblanca white clovers with 66% Lemmon red clover for rapid nitrogen fixation for new leys, he explains. It is currently being tested by Barenbrug's at three UK sites - Cropvale in Worcestershire, Aberdeen in Scotland and Loughgall in Northern Ireland.

Dr David John Griffiths - Monday, February 1, 2010

We are sorry to have heard that BGS Past-President (1972-1973) David 'DJ' Griffiths passed away suddenly in hospital near Aberystwyth on January 15th.  DJ was former Deputy Director of the Welsh Plant Breeding Station during the 1960's and early '70's. He was Acting Director for a year or so between Prof PT Thomas and Prof JP Cooper. Our sincere condolences go to his son Wynne.


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