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HARVESTING AND ENSILAGE

HARVESTING AND ENSILAGE

The third and final installment in our series Maize Growing: the Core Skills looks at the principles behind harvesting the crop for silage. Having cultivated the healthiest possible yield, you will now want to turn that into the best possible end product.  ...

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WEED CONTROL AND FERTILIZER APPLICATION

WEED CONTROL AND FERTILIZER APPLICATION

In the second instalment of our series Maize Growing: the Core Skills we turn to the twin themes of weed control and fertilizer application - as important as each other when it comes to the achievement of consistent, high yields. Weed control Weeds compete with crops...

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MAIZE GROWING: THE CORE SKILLS

MAIZE GROWING: THE CORE SKILLS

Maize is an exceptional forage for ruminant livestock: palatable, digestible and energy-rich. Most breeders who’ve tried it are quickly convinced, which is why maize growing is so popular in the UK.  Getting the best out of maize requires careful - and constantly...

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NAVIGATING THE NORTHERN IRELAND PROTOCOL

NAVIGATING THE NORTHERN IRELAND PROTOCOL

As UK farmers adapt to post-Brexit trade deals with the EU and others, it seems that supply disruptions – for the most part at least – have been navigated with relative success: the Northern Ireland Protocol, on the other hand, continues to be problematic. Here,...

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MAIZE VARIETY SELECTION FOR 2022

MAIZE VARIETY SELECTION FOR 2022

It’s the time of year for reviewing past progress - and for planning ahead. Farmers will be looking to learn from this year’s harvest in order to optimise the next. Did performance match expectation? How did the cold, wet start to 2021 affect drilling plans? Was the...

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FOOD: FIGURING OUT THE FOOTPRINT

FOOD: FIGURING OUT THE FOOTPRINT

Following Bright Maize’s sponsorship of a successful carbon food conference last week, we look at some of the current challenges associated with attaching a carbon footprint to different food types. Carbon consciousness has gone mainstream. We’re these days as likely...

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JOHN WRIGHTSON AND DOWNTON AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE

JOHN WRIGHTSON AND DOWNTON AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE

As part of our pioneer series, we look at an agricultural educationist who set up Wiltshire and Hampshire Agricultural College – soon renamed Downton Agricultural College Agriculture is as old as civilisation itself; and agricultural wisdom has been developed and...

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RUBEN RAUSING – FOUNDER OF TETRA PAK

RUBEN RAUSING – FOUNDER OF TETRA PAK

It was an unfamiliar, even puzzling, sight when it first appeared on grocers’ shelves in the early 1950s. But the distinctively shaped Tetra Pak paper carton would so transform the possibilities for milk storage and distribution that the Institute of Food...

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UK CONFRONTS FURTHER FOOD SHORTAGES

UK CONFRONTS FURTHER FOOD SHORTAGES

In July the headlines were back, accompanied by images of empty supermarket shelves. There was talk of supply chains ‘starting to fail’ and rumours of panic buying. Apologies to consumers from industry bosses kept pace with calls for calm. It was a state of affairs...

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