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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.

News from BGS Grazing Partners - Friday, January 29, 2010

New BGS Grazing Partners ready to help grassland farmers this spring

New Maize Varieties For 2010 - Monday, January 18, 2010

Superior feed quality or exceptional early vigour alongside high dry matter yield are the benefits promised by of two forage maize varieties which will be available in 2010, says British Seed Houses.

Best Fodder Beet Varieties Worth £160/ha - Sunday, January 17, 2010

An extra 1.2t/ha of DM yield, providing energy worth an extra £160/ha is possible by selecting the best fodder beet varieties, according to Martin Titley of Limagrain UK. The company's trials spanning 10 years showed  Robbos and Blizzard produced this much extra yield than another commonly grown variety.   

"There is no national list or independent trials programme for fodder beet in the UK, so Limagrain carry out a variety trial each year to provide performance data from which farmers can evaluate which varieties are best to grow," says Mr Titley.

Consultation on North Wyke Farm Platform - Monday, January 4, 2010

Consultation on North Wyke Farm Platform

New Corporate Member - Thursday, December 10, 2009

BGS is pleased to welcome Watson Seeds as its 11th corporate member of the society.

Watsons Seeds are also the Principal Sponsor of the 2010 Summer Meeting hosted by the East of Scotland Grassland Society.

BGS Bursary Report - Friday, December 4, 2009

Travel Bursary Award - Report on ISAE annual conference

Gemma Charlton

Animal Science Research Centre, Harper Adams University College, Shropshire, TF10 8NB, UK and Agriculture Department, Reaseheath College, Cheshire, CW5 6DF, UK.

I was awarded £500 from BGS Travel-Bursary to attend the ISAE (International Society of Applied Ethology) annual conference, held in Cairns, Australia, 6-10 July 2009. 

North Wyke Research Consultation - Thursday, December 3, 2009

BBSRC has started a consultation on a major new development it proposes for North Wyke Research. This will constitute a significant investment in a farm-based platform for collaborative research and as many views as possible are sought so that stakeholders can inform and engage in this development. The closing date for responses is December 19th.

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