• Biological 'lure and kill' system for bean weevils shows promise

    Biological ‘lure and kill’ system for bean weevils shows promise

    A biological control system for beetle pests of peas and beans would reduce the need for blanket insecticide application and help to reduce the issues with resistance.

    Trials by PGRO at the Beeswax Farming Stubton Estate, near Newark include a ‘lure and kill’ trial.  This is investigating the use of a naturally occurring fungus to control pea and bean weevil and, potentially, bruchid beetle. Currently, the main insecticides available to UK pulse growers for control of both pests are pyrethroids – and there is now evidence of partial resistance developing in pea and bean weevil populations.

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  • SoilSense - Dallan Byrne feat

    Soil moisture sensor breakthrough paves way for smart irrigation

    An aerial soil moisture sensor that can provide a detailed map of the water status of a whole field in minutes is being developed by Bristol based SoilSense. The early…

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  • Soil-for-Life - Jonathan Tole at GROW 2017

    Soil-For-Life helps farmers prioritise interventions

    “What factors can I influence to improve yield?” This is the question that Jonathan Tole has frequently asked himself. This challenge – faced by farmers worldwide – was the inspiration…

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  • Innovation Hub at the Royal Norfolk Show

    Feeding the future: Innovation Hub at Royal Norfolk Show

    Our natural resources of light, water and soil are finite but with smart technology we can make them go further. The Innovation Hub (Stand 271) at the Royal Norfolk Show…

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  • Protecting the River Wensum: land management can reduce runoff

    Protecting the River Wensum: land management can reduce runoff

    The University of East Anglia (UEA) will demonstrate how mitigation measures can limit the amount of nutrients and pesticides that end up in the river at the Royal Norfolk Show’s Innovation…

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  • Bee friendly oil seed rape research

    Bee friendly oilseed rape

    Insect pollination is important for oilseed rape but some varieties provide an inferior source of nectar.  Scientists researching the issue have found that the breeding system used can impact the amount…

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  • Bee friendly oil seed rape research

    Yellow rusts turns blue and other research stories

    Within the research digest we provide a round up of some of the interesting findings announced by the research institutes and also a trials updates. Recent stories include: a major breakthrough…

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  • Biostimulants will be tested on Monitor Farms for several combinable crops, including wheat, barley and oilseed rape

    Biostimulants tryout on Monitor Farms

    An AHDB review, completed in 2016, found evidence of a significant increase in yield in at least one experiment for nine of the 11 biostimulant product categories assessed.  Now they…

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  • Innovation Hub at the Royal Norfolk Show

    Innovation Hub 2017 at the Royal Norfolk Show

    “The agricultural economy currently faces uncertainty, so it is more important than ever for farmers to have tools to better control their costs and improve performance,” says Alex Dinsdale, SOYL’s…

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  • Dr Judith Irwin

    New speedy broccoli from seed to harvest in 8 weeks

    ‘This new broccoli is all about speed,” says Dr Jonathan Clarke, Head of Business Development at the John Innes Centre. “It takes 8-10 weeks from seed to harvest. We have…

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