FARM ZONE

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OILSEED RAPE IN THE UK – WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

Oilseed rape has had a bad time of it recently and it looks as though planting this year is going to be 10% down – which will mean it has hit a 16-year low. This is down to two factors: last year’s very dry autumn, coupled with excessive flea beetle damage. Farm Focus...

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A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF FARM DOGS

In the modern era, when we think of farm dogs, we tend to think of medium to large dogs that specialise in herding livestock, particularly sheep. But in the past, dogs of all breeds and shapes and sizes were to be found on farms. In fact, almost all dog breeds were...

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THREE KEY TRENDS THAT WILL SHAPE THE DAIRY INDUSTRY

It is sometimes said that there have been 3 agricultural revolutions or trends. The first was the adoption of modern agriculture in the 18th Century which involved the application of scientific principles, such as crop rotation, to dramatically increase yields. The...

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THE SURPRISING HISTORY OF MAIZE

Maize originated in Mexico about 9,000 years ago Introduction Maize is one of the world’s most important crops – responsible for roughly six percent of human calorie intake. Beyond human consumption it has a variety of uses, including for use as livestock feed, for...

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AGRICULTURE IN NEW ZEALAND – WHAT MAKES IT TICK?

Farm Zone spoke to Ben Dolbear – a technical specialist with Bright Seeds – to hear his views on agriculture in New Zealand following a recent month-long visit to the country.  Farm Zone: Why did you visit New Zealand?  Ben Dolbear: As an agriculturalist, I’ve always...

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MAIZE AS A RESCUE CROP

Farm Zone looks at why some farmers suffering heavy flea beetle attack in their oilseed rape should abandon hopes of a harvest and plant a maize crop whilst there is still time. Flea beetle has already condemned yields to derisory levels in some cases. A high...

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A NEW BLOG FROM BRIGHT MAIZE

Bright Maize will be producing a regular blog which will focus on issues affecting farming and the wider world. Apart from keeping readers abreast of the latest developments on matters such as seed varieties, drilling, spraying and harvesting; it will cover subjects...

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