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GONZAGUE DE CARRÈRE: THE VIEW FROM MAS SEEDS

GONZAGUE DE CARRÈRE: THE VIEW FROM MAS SEEDS

Renowned international seed company Mas Seeds has been developing and supplying maize to distributors and wholesalers for decades. But its acquisition of Bright Maize in 2018 brought with it a new challenge: selling directly to UK farmers. Gonzague de Carrère is Mas...

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EDWARD GERALD STRUTT AND LORD RAYLEIGH’S FARMS

Lord Rayleigh’s Farms is known today as a successful farming and property company based on the Terling Estate, near Chelmsford, in Essex. It takes its name from the Barons Rayleigh, a title created for the Strutt family of Terling Place by George IV in 1821. The third...

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MAKING THE MOST OF GRASS

MAKING THE MOST OF GRASS

Why make the most of grass...? First and foremost, it’s a lucrative resource. As Charlie Dolphin writes in the introduction to our new grass seed brochure, grass is ‘the livestock farmer’s most sustainable, cost-effective feed’. There are other reasons too - it’s very...

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FOOD PRICE INFLATION SET TO CONTINUE

FOOD PRICE INFLATION SET TO CONTINUE

Food inflation hasn't been going up this quickly for over a decade - and the worst is yet to come. A flurry of recent studies furnish some statistics. Consumer group Which? found that supermarket groceries in February this year were on average 3.14% more expensive...

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THE CHALLENGE FOR GRASS

THE CHALLENGE FOR GRASS

Forage and grazing can determine the difference between profit and loss on livestock farms where margins are under constant pressure. With no inputs exempt from our inflationary times, Mike Sims – recently appointed to Bright Maize as grass specialist – tells us about...

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TONY HARRIS AND HARPER ADAMS

TONY HARRIS AND HARPER ADAMS

As part of our pioneer series, we look at one of the UK’s leading agricultural educationalists, Dr Tony Harris, who died earlier this year and believed agrobusiness alumni should rank alongside the best of any other industry  The high standing of Harper Adams...

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MAIZE VARIETIES: INFLUENCES AND TRENDS IN 2022

MAIZE VARIETIES: INFLUENCES AND TRENDS IN 2022

Bright Maize’s technical specialist Charlie Dolphin looks at what has most influenced the purchasing of maize seed in 2022 and what conclusions we might draw from the trends... Not that it has been for a long time; but the one thing 2022 has told us beyond doubt is...

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