Help prevent nutritional stress in pulse crops

Help prevent nutritional stress in pulse crops

It’s been a good start for this season’s pulse crops. Winter beans are well established and spring drilling went into excellent seed bed conditions but there is still a very long way to go. With last year’s wet weather in mind and reports of disease pressure in winter beans beginning to circulate, it’s a good time to take a look at your nutrition programme and make sure you are doing everything in your control to mitigate risk. (more…)

Improving efficiency with advanced formulation Manganese

Improving efficiency with advanced formulation Manganese

With manganese being the most commonly deficient trace element in UK soils and potentially impacting on the development, health, quality and yield of arable and vegetable crops, countering deficiencies is a necessity for many farms. John Bird from F D Bird & Sons, tells us how switching to a lower volume product has brought efficiencies in both time and cost. 

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Effective Calcium Application

Effective Calcium Application

Calcium is a key component in many crop nutrition programmes. Providing sufficient levels of calcium strengthens and stabilises cell walls, helping crops build natural resistance to pests and common disorders such as Internal Rust Spot in potatoes, Cavity Spot in carrots and Tip Burn in lettuce. In addition to cell wall structure, its role in root development and nutrient utilisation makes supplementation a vital tool in the management of crop health, quality and shelf-life.

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Advances in Manganese Treatments

Advances in Manganese Treatments

Manganese is the most commonly deficient trace element in UK soils affecting many crops including cereals, field vegetables, brassicas root and horticultural crops. Availability of manganese is affected by the high soil pH in peaty or over-limed soils, high organic matter, where compaction or poor drainage restricts rooting or where the crop has been sown into a loose, aerated seed bed with poor root soil contact. (more…)