April 17, 2014

17/04/14: National research to deliver local solutions at Cereals 2014


The role of national and independent research in delivering local solutions will be the focus of HGCA’s crop management research plots at Cereals 2014.

The crop management areas will be staffed by technical experts from HGCA and the research community.

Areas will be clearly signposted, allowing visitors to locate the best experts to discuss the key agronomy issues facing their arable farming businesses.

This year, the HGCA research plots showcase research projects with a combined value over £10m, with around a quarter of this total provided by levy funds.



The research on show at Cereals 2014 has been designed to help answer the following questions:

How much do we really know about resistant black-grass?

Triticum
Triticum (Photo credit: Fenanov)
The development of resistance to herbicides in black-grass is a major threat to cereal production in the UK.

Weed resistance experts will outline how pioneering work, co-funded by HGCA, hopes to crack the resistance code and develop essential new management solutions for problematic UK weeds.

This summer, as part of a black-grass resistance survey, the Rothamsted Research team needs to collect black-grass seed samples from around 150 farm locations.

Visitors at Cereals 2014 will be able to find out how to take part in this survey. Participants will receive a free analysis of the black-grass resistance status of their farm.

HGCA Research and KT Manager: Paul Gosling

Can cover crops be used to help get black-grass under control?

Cover crops could provide growers with a useful cultural control option for black-grass and HGCA-funded trials are looking at the approach.

Visitors will be able to find out how the wider adoption of this cultural approach requires a better understanding of the agronomy and associated economic, as well as environmental, benefits of using cover crops in this way. Researchers will also discuss how ‘biofumigant’ chemicals released from cover crop residues are helping to suppress weed activity in pot trials.

A new HGCA publication, with solutions to the black-grass menace, will also be available to pick up from the stand.

HGCA Research and KT Manager: Paul Gosling

How much of a threat is herbicide resistance in broad-leaved weeds?

Loss of herbicides under European pesticide legislation has led to very limited herbicide choice across arable rotations and many growers rely heavily on acetolactate synthase (ALS) products.

Worldwide, the ALS-inhibiting herbicide class has the greatest incidence of weed resistance. Resistance to ALS herbicides in broad-leaved weeds is common in other European countries, such as Italy and Spain, and has also been identified in the UK.

Resistance issues in black-grass have taught us that management systems are best put in place before resistance becomes a widespread problem.  HGCA-funded research is looking to develop such systems for cereal/oilseed rape crop rotations by conducting trials on the common poppy.

Poppy has been selected as the ‘model crop’ in the study due to the significant problems it is already causing in Europe and because resistant populations have already been identified in the UK.

HGCA Research and KT Manager: Paul Gosling

What’s the best way to control pests this autumn?

Winged aphid
Winged aphid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visitors will be able to hear how HGCA is looking at the implications of the recent neonicotinoid insecticide restrictions and the new research solutions to help growers protect oilseed rape through its vulnerable early growth stages this autumn.

Rothamsted Research has been using suction traps to capture aphids for 50 years and experts will be on hand to discuss how the AHDB Aphid News monitoring service can be used to adapt spray plans, based on regional information on aphid activity and resistance status. The area will also look at resistance to pyrethroids in cabbage stem flea beetle and how much damage OSR seedlings can tolerate before a spray is required.

HGCA Research and KT Manager: Caroline Nicholls

Which products perform best against diseases of oilseed rape, wheat and barley?

The fungicide performance plots in the wheat, barley and oilseed rape areas will provide a perfect backdrop for visitors to discuss how fungicide programmes have been holding up during a year with relatively high disease potential.

Leading experts involved in HGCA’s independent fungicide performance trials, conducted at a range of locations across the UK, will be on hand to discuss the activity of key products on the main diseases of wheat, barley and oilseed rape.

Information on dose-response, spray timings and growth regulatory effects will be available to take away to help growers optimise spray programmes.

The wheat fungicide performance plots also form part of Haymarket’s Cereals 2014 CPD trail. By visiting this part of the stand, BASIS-registered professionals will be able to collect one BASIS point.

HGCA Research and KT Manager: Paul Gosling
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English: Rapeseed Fields. This is the rapeseed in full bloom looking down Nine Elms Lane. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Oilseed rape: are you on top of the spots?

For diseases in the UK, phoma and light leaf spot have the greatest potential to cause economic damage to oilseed rape. Experts will be on hand to discuss how we are working to help growers adapt management strategies to fit local conditions.

The plots will feature one of our weather stations (part of HGCA’s UK weather station network) and a spore trap to help explain how data collected from them is being used to refine disease forecasting tools. Researchers will also outline how selecting varieties with an appropriate mix of resistance genes for the local disease pressure could be the key for tackling phoma stem canker.

HGCA Research and KT Manager: Jenna Watts
Micronutrients – when are they necessary?

Following the autumn 2013 launch of HGCA’s micronutrients publication, growers are now in a better position to assess the need for micronutrient applications in cereals and oilseed rape.

As our research shows that diagnosing micronutrient deficiencies isn’t easy to do, this area has been designed to help visitors spot visual symptoms in pot-grown dwarf sunflowers. Sunflowers have been selected because symptoms can be induced in them relatively easily.

Experts will be on hand to discuss how to use soil and tissue analyses to diagnose deficiencies and the best corrective measures for any deficiency identified – which may not include a fertiliser application.

HGCA Research and KT Manager: James Holmes

Is my nitrogen rate accurate?

There is increasing evidence that some farms may need more nitrogen (N) than recommended, whereas other farms may consistently need less N, so savings in N fertiliser use could be made.

This research area showcases nitrogen management research with a total value of around £5.5 million (HGCA funding around £1 million).

The area will provide the latest from the ‘Auto-N’ project which is looking to establish if precision technologies can react to variability across the field and apply the optimum N rate to discrete parts of the crop.

The area also features the ‘LearN’ project, which is testing a novel ‘strip trial’ approach on a diverse network of UK farms. The trials compare the farm’s standard N rate against 60kg/ha more and 60kg/ha less to help farmers determine whether, on average, their N use is about right, too much or too little

The area also covers work developing a range of genetic markers to track useful genes through breeding programmes and a project looking to better understand the release of nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas, from arable soils.

HGCA Research and KT Manager: James Holmes
How much does organic matter really matter?

HGCA’s collaborative £2.6m National Soil Programme of research and development was launched at Cereals 2012 and the full programme was featured in the HGCA plots in 2013.

In 2014, the soil research plots will provide the opportunity to take a close look at soil biology and the wide range of organisms that live in soil and the role of organic matter.

Our giant wormeries, nurtured by Rothamsted Research, will be back to compare the activity of anecic and endogeic earthworms, which have very different burrowing behaviours. A soil pit will also feature to help reveal the effects of incorporating farmyard manure into the soil.

HGCA Research and KT Manager: Shamal Mohammed
Can perennial field margins assist with pest control?

HGCA is driving forward innovative research to help maintain pest populations below economic damage thresholds and reduce the industry’s reliance on plant protection products.

As part of this drive, we are a partner in the ‘Ecostac’ project, looking at the potential of perennial field margins to offer pest management and further environmental solutions.

Co-funded by HDC, this work focuses on horticultural rotations (including a cereal break-crop) due to the considerable crop protection challenges faced by this sector.

The researchers will discuss how they are developing commercial perennial seed mixes that work in different climates and soils, to ensure farmers in a wide variety of geographical locations will be able to take full advantage of the research – which is showing potential to increase pest predators/parasitoid, as well as pollinators and farmland birds. 

Representatives from the HGCA-supported The Campaign for the Farmed Environment (www.cfeonline.org.uk) will also be on the plots to discuss how a range of voluntary measures can be used to protect and enhance the environmental value of farmland.

HGCA Research and KT Manager: Shamal Mohammed
How can malting barley growers minimise grain skinning risk?

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English: (Green) the United Kingdom. (Light-green) The European Union (EU). (Grey) Europe. (Light-grey) The surrounding region. See also: Category:SVG locator maps of countries of Europe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Grain skinning in barley is a major quality issue affecting the malting process and can lead to rejections. Varieties can be rated as having a low, moderate or high susceptibility to grain skinning. However, reports from across several years suggest that new spring barley varieties are increasingly susceptible. There are also strong environmental influences, with skinning appearing to be more prevalent after extended grain-fill periods, particularly with prolonged wet weather (as in 2012) or intermittent wet and dry weather.

A concern from growers is that there is a lack of choice in robust malting barley varieties, including those with good resistance to skinning.  This final area of our Cereals 2014 research plots will look at research that is improving understanding of grain skinning to help malting barley growers obtain market premiums.

HGCA Research and KT Manager: Dhan Bhandari

Updating research strategy

The HGCA research consultation was launched at the 2013 HGCA Agronomists’ Conference in December. Since that time, around 1,000 people have responded to our questionnaire.

HGCA is now analysing the results and there will be an interactive display in the corporate marquee at Cereals 2014 so visitors can help HGCA fine-tune certain key priority research areas.

The new HGCA research strategy will be published in January 2015.

HGCA Senior Research and KT Manager: Vicky Foster

To find out more about HGCA activity at Cereals 2014, visit the HGCA minisite.


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April 16, 2014

16/04/14: Global Milling Conference Agenda



Reception for British visitors to VIV & and Global Milling Conference

Calling all British exhibitors and visitors to the up-coming VIV India exhibition and the 2nd Global Milling Conference, both being held in Bangalore next week. The British High Commission in India is arranging a 'networking reception' for British exhibitors and visitors on the evening of April 24, 2014 in Bangalore - contact UKTag for more details on: exportsuktag@gmail.com.

The 2nd Global Milling Conference is being held in the Movenpick Hotel and Spa, Bangalore from April 23-24, 2014. Registration can be made at:  http://assocom-india.com/gmc/index.php


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16/04/14: Global Milling Conference


Reception for British visitors to VIV & and Global Milling Conference

Calling all British exhibitors and visitors to the up-coming VIV India exhibition and the 2nd Global Milling Conference, both being held in Bangalore next week. The British High Commission in India is arranging a 'networking reception' for British exhibitors and visitors on the evening of April 24, 2014 in Bangalore - contact UKTag for more details on: exportsuktag@gmail.com.

The 2nd Global Milling Conference is being held in the Movenpick Hotel and Spa, Bangalore from April 23-24, 2014. Registration can be made at:  http://assocom-india.com/gmc/index.php

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16/04/14: The countdown to Cereals is on!

Bentall Rowlands Storage Systems Limited is a leading UK manufacturer in complete storage and processing equipment solutions for the agricultural and industrial markets.

It  offers a wide range of galvanised steel silos and hoppers, water tanks, catwalks and platforms, material handling equipment, cleaning and grading and weighing and drying systems that are assembled worldwide.

With over a century of experience in the design, quality and installation of grain storage systems, it has developed new technologies that have been applied to the manufacture as well as the installation of grain storage and processing equipment.

The engineering and technical expertise combined with continued focus on customer satisfaction places Bentall Rowlands in a strong position to capitalise on the expanding market in storage systems. With the capabilities to design, manufacture, supply, and install storage systems from an extensive range of products, we provide a comprehensive end to end solution which can be designed to any specific clients’ requirements.

Bentall Rowlands is looking forward to exhibiting at Cereals again this year at what it knows will prove to be another successful event. It will be showcasing its latest products and services and hopes to meet with existing and future clients.

The team has a number of recent case studies to inform you about, from UK installations to projects worldwide
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16/04/14: Guttridge puts the spotlight on genuine Carier spares and the new Silo Sweep Auger at Cereals 2014


Guttridge Ltd, one of the UK’s leading manufacturer of materials handling equipment, will display machines from the company’s extensive range for grain and animal feed at Cereals 2014 (June 11-12, Duxford), with the new Silo Sweep Auger taking centre stage. The only supplier of genuine Carier spares, Guttridge will also be showcasing its spares, maintenance and servicing offering, which can help customers to get the very best from any type of grain handling system. Guttridge experts will be on hand throughout the event to provide knowledgeable advice on choosing a new machine or improving the reliability of an existing conveyor. For more information visit the Guttridge stand: I-10290-10.

The new Silo Sweep Auger is a robust, highly reliable machine for the automated emptying of the last 10% of grain from flat bottomed silos. Automated silo emptying eliminates the task of manual cleaning, increasing on-site safety. Designed and manufactured in the UK, the Silo Sweep Auger adds to Guttridge’s existing, extensive range for grain handling which offers efficient solutions for all aspects of post-harvest handling, all backed up with local UK support.

As owner of the Carier brand, Guttridge continues to manufacture tried, tested and refined Carier designs that reliably and efficiently address requirements for lighter harvest duties, in the lower throughput range (up to around 100 tph). These are complemented by heavier duty machines from the core Guttridge range that comfortably handle grain flow rates in excess of 600 tph. Guttridge is the only supplier of Carier spares but also provides a fast, efficient and cost-effective spares service for all makes of grain handling equipment, easing the task of ensuring reliability during peak operating periods.

Cereals 2014 is the leading technical event for the UK with a wide range of exhibitors relating to all aspects cereal cultivation. Find Guttridge in the Post-Harvest section of the exhibition, Stand No: I-1029-10.


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Alapala

Establishing plants at any desired capacity, Alapala Machine is a company that exports 95% of its current production today and has hundreds of references in over 75 countries in 4 continents including developed industrial countries such as Belgium, France, Italy, Canada and U.S.A. Alapala continually develops and expands thanks to its superior technology infrastructure, perfectionist staff and management, and its quality and customer-oriented approach.


April 15, 2014

15/04/14: R-Biopharm Rhône ventures into Asian markets with new sister company in India

R-Biopharm Rhône, one of Scotland's most successful scientific exporters, has further expanded its global reach with a new sister company in India which will act as a gateway to wider Asian markets.

It is the latest international venture for the Glasgow-based company, which is a leading developer of test solutions for food and feed analysis, manufacturing test kits that offer high precision and accuracy. 

R-Biopharm Rhône, which posted record sales and profits last year on the back of international growth, already has sister companies in the USA, Italy, France, Spain, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and China.

The creation of the new Indian company follows the acquisition of one of R-Biopharm Rhône's distributors in the subcontinent.

Product Manager Claire Milligan, who is overseeing the Indian integration, said: "Our products test for mycotoxins, which are found in a huge variety of food and which can have a devastating impact on the human body.

"In Asia, a big area of interest for mycotoxin testing is in the spice industry, particularly for aflatoxin and ochratoxin.  Aflatoxin, one of the most potent toxins, causes liver cancer.
Ochratoxin, found in cereals, dried fruit, coffee, wine and spices, causes kidney cancer."

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World map depicting Asia Esperanto: Mondmapo bildiganta Azion Español: Ubicación de Asia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
R-Biopharm Rhône has a number of suitable test kits available for testing spices so the aim is to work with R-Biopharm India and distributors from the sub-continent in order to increase business. Other opportunities are being explored in Malaysia, Indonesia, China and elsewhere

Simon Bevis, Managing Director, said: "We have been very encouraged by continuing successes in markets abroad. Sales in Asia are up by 50% to 60%, in Latin America we have seen a 50% increase and they are up significantly in Eastern Europe.

"Expansion into the Indian market, which has enormous potential, creates a whole new range of exciting export opportunities."

The company, which is based in the West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow, now has a headcount of more than 50, the highest total in its 25-year history. It is now the biggest and most profitable subsidiary of its parent company, German diagnostics company R-Biopharm AG.

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