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  1. John Chamberlain Potatoes

    Favourable growing conditions so far this season have boosted prospects for the 2019 potato crop, as Farmers Guardian discovers in the second of our series following agronomist John Chamberlain from Farmacy through the season. 

     East Anglia: John Chamberlain, Farmacy

    Principal crops: processing, some salads, soft/set skin, baking potatoes

    After a dry spring, last month’s rain came just in time for potato growers in south east England, boosting 

  2. 280918-Ben-Pledger-150x150The rain in the run-up to Cereals was welcomed by most in this area. We didn’t have as much as Lincolnshire, but the heavy rain did have me questioning whether reducing the second plant growth regulator application rates on barleys to reduce crop stress at the time of application was the right thing to have done.

    Fortunately, as I write, there is virtually no lodging to be seen, apart from the odd overlap.

    This story may change however with the thunderstorms which are forecast as this piece goes to press.

  3. Old Leake Brassica Open Day - Farm BusinessFollowing the success of the first open day last year, Hutchinsons’ Brassica Demonstration Site day will be held at Bayholme Farm, Old Leake, Boston, on July 11 in conjunction with the Allium & Brassica Centre, by kind permission of F Daubney & Sons.

    Visitors will have the opportunity to view how new near-market brassica-related herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides are performing and compare them with current commercial practice, explains Hutchinsons Vegetable Technical Support Peter Waldock.

  4. Mike Whiting visited Bourne in Lincolnshire in early 2019 to understand how a detailed review of farm management practices has delivered yield increases and establishment savings.

    The option to start with a blank piece of paper when taking on a new role is always appreciated, although what to fill it with can be a bit daunting. Mick Baker, Farm Manager of Peter and Adam Cookes (P&A