April 23, 2014

23/04/14: ‘Spy in the sty’ research yields big benefits


A product heralding a major breakthrough in pig management will be launched at the British Pig and Poultry Fair. The In-pen Voluntary Access Scale — a growth sensor — will enable farmers to ‘see’ how their pigs are performing while they are still growing. This revolutionary development will even allow pig producers to record growth rates and feed conversion on a daily — even hourly — basis.

Early results from a £306,000 three-year research project have shown how monitoring growth rates of pigs can be linked to environmental, nutritional and health factors via sophisticated software. This is enabling producers to take strategic management decisions during the growing and finishing period, rather than using historical data.

The consortium of companies involved in the project is Farmex Ltd, Berkshire; ARM Buildings Ltd, Staffordshire and Dicam Technology Ltd, Suffolk, who received a grant from the Technology Strategy Board.

“The development has been described as a ‘real game-changer’ on a par with significant genetic and pharmaceutical advances. It could give British pig producers their best chance since the 1970s of establishing a world lead in sustainable pig production,” said Hugh Crabtree, Farmex managing director.


Key to its success is the growth sensor in the pig pen which continuously records the animals’ weights as they wander in and out of the scales. This is sent wirelessly to the computer network and then to an on-line database. But the big difference between this and other systems — and perch weighers used in the poultry industry — is the integrated link to other monitored and recorded factors such as temperature, ventilation, water and feed consumption. 

This constant stream of information will allow daily fine-tuning for optimum pig performance as well as providing invaluable information to nutritional advisers and vets.

“Farmers taking part in the trial have been quick to see the potential and ways of using the system for commercial advantage.  We will probably have to issue a second tranche of pre-production prototypes to meet demand,” commented Hugh Crabtree.

 “I predict that within five years all farmers with significant numbers of finishing pigs will have a growth sensor in at least one sentinel pen per batch.”

The electronic scale has no buttons or display screen, but just plugs into the data capture network via a wireless link. This enables it to be competitively priced at an anticipated £1,750.


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April 22, 2014

22/04/14: Kemin expert panel addresses lipid challenges affecting swine production

Oils and fats continue to rank among the most prevalent ingredients used in feed. However, in recent years a wide-range of oil and fat sources have found their way into the feed industry, making it critical for producers to understand and properly evaluate the quality of lipids. To address these concerns as they relate to swine, Kemin assembled a panel of experts to discuss lipid raw material consumption and its influencing parameters that can affect swine health and performance.
According to Julian Wiseman, professor at Nottingham University, the biological composition and nutritional value of fats and oils varies and can greatly influence animal production. He explained that the degree of saturation, the content of free fatty acids, the chain length of constituent fatty acids and contaminants, are all factors that affect the energy value as well as the age of the animal. The Wiseman equation brings these numerous parameters together into one general equation to accurately estimate the apparent metabolizable energy (AME) of the fat.
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English: Swine of Northycote (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Furthermore, Jannes Doppenberg, of Schothorst Feed Research, emphasized that the type of fatty acid used can affect digestibility and thus dietary energy. He explained that during the digestion of lipids, the lipase enzyme cleaves the fatty acids, and if the free fatty acid remaining on the resulting monoglyceride is palmitic, stearic or an unsaturated fatty acid, the digestibility will be respectively 80, 70 or 93 percent. Thus, he said it is better to use a saturated fatty acid, such as lard, as opposed to an unsaturated fatty acid, such as palm oil, which when compared to lard, has a 7 percent lower digestibility in pigs.
Another parameter that should be considered when evaluating feed fats and oils is the oxidative quality, according to Maria Teresa Rodriquez-Estrada, professor at Bologna University. She explained that feeding animals oxidized lipids results in high levels of oxidative stress in the animal and reduced performance. Therefore, to protect lipids and counteract the negative effects of oxidized products, she stressed the importance of antioxidants in feed.
Reiterating the importance of this topic in regards to production, Dr. Mauro Di Benedetto, senior technical service manager at Kemin, reminded the audience that approximately 70 percent of swine production costs are derived from feed, thus reducing feed conversion through improved digestibility or increased nutrient absorption has never been more important. A recent trial carried out at Schothorst Feed Research indicated that the unique biosurfactant LYSOFORTE™ Booster Dry, based on natural ingredients, was able to reduce swine feed cost with 7€/ton feed, while increasing an additional income of 0,8€ per pig versus the control group.
In addition, Di Benedetto said that a common ideology among swine producers is the idea that production can be increased through the amount of live born weaned piglets. However, he explained that a 0.1 reduction in feed conversion results in the same profit as an additional two weaned piglets born per litter.
The experts agreed that to ensure the highest quality of fats and oils for optimum production, the sources of the lipids should be known as well as the factors affecting their quality and efficacy. Additionally, oils and fats should be accurately evaluated.
To provide nutritionists with accurate, reliable lipid profiles containing the AME values and the oxidative status, Kemin recently launched its Lipid Evaluation Test. This new service provides nutritionists with a clear, accurate understanding of the nutritional and quality status of oils and fats in order to make informed decisions on their use, and ultimately, to optimize feed formulations and profitability. 

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22/04/14: Cargill leaders cited in most influential lists in 2014

Cargill senior leaders Sarena Lin and Chris Roberts were recently recognized by U.S.-based media outlets for their influential leadership roles and approaches to Cargill’s business.
We are very proud of both Sarena and Chris for their achievements. They are truly a testament to the depth, breadth and strength of Cargill's leadership team,” said David MacLennan, president and CEO of Cargill. “Sarena and Chris have unique skills, experiences and perspectives that help Cargill achieve high performance and innovation not only in the workplace, but in an ever-changing marketplace. We are a better company thanks to their leadership.” 

Sarena Lin, 10 of Minnesota’s Top Corporate Women

Serena Lin
Sarena Lin, corporate vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Cargill, was selected among 10 of Minnesota’s top corporate women by Twin Cities Business. The annual listing honored female leaders for their leadership approaches and paths to success. Lin, who is in charge of strategy, and mergers and acquisitions for Cargill, devises corporate strategies for Cargill’s core business units to achieve maximum profit.

“This company absolutely values business ethics and integrity, and its employees, and allows us to do our best work,” Lin said. She also serves on a number of boards in the Twin Cities.
Lin joined Cargill in 2011 after 13 years at McKinsey and Company, serving in managing partner and principal roles in Taiwan and New York. Lin has extensive experience in business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain and strategic sourcing. Earlier in her career, she also held sales and marketing roles with Proctor & Gamble and Xerox Corporation. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard, a master of arts degree in international relations from Yale and a master of business administration from the Yale School of Management.

Chris Roberts, Savoy Magazine’s 2014 Top 100 Most Influential African-Americans in Corporate America

Chris Roberts
Chris Roberts is president of Cargill Kitchen Solutions, a Cargill business that specializes in providing breakfast products to customers in the foodservice and consumer products industries. He was included on the Savoy Top 100, a list of African American achievers, influencers and executives facilitating global change through their leadership.
“It’s an honor to be featured among such renowned leaders on Savoy’s Top 100 list,” said Roberts. “My leadership style is really about making sure that everyone has a seat at the table to contribute ideas that enable us to innovate and succeed. That's what Cargill is all about, and they've given me that opportunity to grow our business."
In 2014, the Savoy Top 100 has more black CEOs and presidents at major corporations than ever in its 11-year history.
Roberts joined Cargill and was named vice president for Corn Sweeteners in North America in 2006. Roberts added oversight of the Dry Corn Ingredients and Sugar Businesses to his responsibilities and served as food segment leader for Corn Milling in North America beginning in 2009. In 2011, Roberts was appointed president of Cargill Kitchen Solutions. Prior to Cargill, Roberts held various sales, marketing and general management positions with the Coca-Cola Company and Pepsico. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor of arts in economics and received his masters of management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
View Lin's profile in Leadership section of Twin Cities Business here. Roberts is featured on the Savoy Network's Top 100 list here

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22/04/14: BIOMIN and BOKU awarded first place in Houska Prize for fumonisin research

The Houska Prize (Houskapreis)—Austria’s largest private award for applied sciences research—is the latest in a string of celebrated recognitions for outstanding achievements in mycotoxin research at BIOMIN.

April 18, 2014 - In the latest acknowledgement for pioneering research in mycotoxins at BIOMIN, the Vienna-based B&C Foundation has awarded the first place in the Houska Prize for the fumonisin-degrading enzyme FUMzyme®.
The week that began April 7 was filled withback-to-back public recognition for applied mycotoxins research at BIOMIN and its fumonisin degrading product FUMzyme®, in particular. First, came the announcement from Victam Asia that named FUMzyme® the winner of the FIAAP Animal Nutrition Award 2014. Next, the Houska Prize, which honors Austria’s best in research projects, is but the latest feather in the cap for BIOMIN and FUMzyme®, sealing the lead reputation of BIOMIN for mycotoxins risk management research.
For the first place award, the Houska Prize committee at the B&C Foundation identified molds as a recurring problem in agriculture and growing threat to food safety. In addition to the billions in losses due to damage, fumonisins induce severe diseases in animals that could lead ultimately to death.
The latest BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey 2013 found over 21% of all feed ingredient samples containing over 1,000 ppb of fumonisins, a level of fumonisin contamination that poses a medium-to-high health risk for pigs and poultry.
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Austria map  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Foundation awarded the first prize to “the BOKU Vienna project”—in reference to the joint BIOMIN-BOKU mycotoxins research—as the project “stood out with a highly topical scientific concept” while offering “a prime example of successful cooperation between (academic) research and corporate partnership”.
At the gala dinner for the award ceremony on April 10 attended by over 400 top decision-makers in the Austrian scientific community, Prof. Dr. Reingard Grabherr from the Institute of Applied Microbiology at BOKU received the award in representation of the successful BIOMIN-BOKU cooperation. The award comes with a first place prize money of EUR 120,000.

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April 20, 2014

20/04/14: Final days to 2nd Global Milling Conference opportunities

It's not too late to join the 2nd Global Milling Conference in Bangalore, India, which runs over a day-and-a-half this coming week (from April 23-24, 2014). This event will incorporate the on-going concept of 'CropTech-FeedTech' - a two-hour debate on critical feed manufacturing issues that forms part of our main sponsor's activity at VIV exhibitions. And it is an ideal networking opportunity!

http://assocom-india.com/gmc/index.php

The program below is focused clearly on how millers - from flour to cereals to rice and feed - are playing a central role in meeting the food needs of the current rapid growth in population which the world is experiencing.

This international event is being jointly hosted in India between GFMT and Assocom as India represents one in every seven people on the planet and is representative of the challenge we now face.

Join us in Bangalore and join the debate - on how we satisfy increasing food demand with safe and affordable products. For every mouth that ends the day hungry suggests our industry is failing to meet that need!
PS: Many thanks to the program organisers at Assocom India for putting together an impressive list of VIP speakers related to milling addressing critical issues!

AGENDA

Day 1 - Wednesday, April 23, 2014
09:00 - 10:00:
Registration and Fellowship

10.00-11.30 Hours
Session 1: Opening & Keynote presentation - Focus: UK, China and India
Moderator:
Mr G. Chandrashekhar
Associate Editor
The Hindu Business Line

Theme Address:
The Need for a Robust Compound Feed Industry
and Setting a Benchmark for Feed
Mr Roger Gilbert
Publisher: GFMT magazine
Perendale Publishers Ltd

Key Note Presentations
Feed Technology
Dr. Dinesh T. Bhosale
Chairman, CLFMA of India
Regional Sales Director, AB Vista South Asia
Pune, Maharashtra

Flour Milling Scenario
Mr M K Dattaraj
Past President of the Roller Flour Millers'
Federation of India (RFMFI)

Dr K. Alagusundaram
Director
Indian Institute of Crop Processing Tech.
Ministry of Food Processing Industries
Tamil Nadu

Mr Pratish Batavia
Managing Director
PD Navakar bio-chem Pvt. Ltd.
Bangalore, Karnataka


Inaugural Address by Chief Guest
Dr V. Prakash
Distinguished Scientist of CSIR-India
Hon. Director of Research, Innovation and
Development, JSS-MVP, Mysore


Guest of Honor
Mr B. Shantilal
Chairman
Wheat Products Promotion Society
C/o Sunil Agro Ltd
Karnataka



1130-1200 Hours
Networking Tea / Coffee

1200-1330 Hours
Session 2:
Food & Feed Security "Feeding 9 billion by 2050"

Chairman of the Session:
Mr G. Chandrashekhar
Associate Editor
Hindu Business Line

Feeding 9 billion by 2050
Mr Somnath Chatterjee
Divisional Manager-Procurement & Logistics
ITC Limited- Foods Division
Bangalore, Karnataka

Price Outlook and Demand Supply of Wheat
Major Rajiv Yadav - VP - Grains & Oilseeds
Noble Natural Resources
New Delhi

Global Experience on Cereal-Grain Fortification
Dr Helena Pachón, PhD, MPH
Senior Nutrition Scientist
Flour Fortification Initiative
Research Associate Professor, Hubert
Department of Global Health
Emory University

Food Security Bill - Beyond the Provision of Basic Food
Dr Vidya Mahambare
Principal Economist
CRISIL - A Standard & Poor's Company

1330-1430 Hours
Networking Lunch

1430-1700 Hours
Session 3:
Milling Developments 1 "Minimizing energy usage in the mill"

Chairman of the Session:
Dr Ram Rajasekharan
Director - Central Food Technological
Research Institute
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
Mysore, Karnataka

Global Trends in Flour Milling
Mr B S Muralidhara
Head of Sales & Technology - Flour Milling
Buhler India Pvt Ltd
Bangalore, Karnataka

1) Aqua Feed Milling Towards a "Better Tomorrow"
2) Animal Feed Milling - Pondering on Strategic Check Points
Dr P.E. Vijay Anand
Director
India Feed / Meal Program
US Soybean Export Council, Inc
New Delhi

Fortification with Soya
Dr Ratan K Sharma
Technical Director-Soy Foods
US Soybean Export Council, Inc
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1700-1730
Networking Tea and close for day
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Day 2 - April 24, 2014

0900-1030 Hours
Session 4:
Storage & Transportation "Quality in Quality Out"
Chairman of the Session:
Mr G. Chandrashekhar
Associate Editor
Hindu Business Line

Natural Grain Conservation by Grain Cooling
Dr Claus M. Braunbeck
Sales Manger Asia of Frigor Tec
FrigorTec GmbH, Hummelau 1, 88279 Amtzell/
Germany

Storage Practices in India
Mr B Chenchaiah
Regional Manager, Bangalore
Central Warehousing Corporation
Bangalore, Karnataka

Effect of Environment on Feed Manufacturing Process
Mr M. Kanagaraj
Business Manager - millSMART
Kemin Industries South Asia Pvt Ltd

1030-1045 Hrs
Networking Tea
1045-1145
Session 5:
New Technologies "What's new in feed and food milling?"

Processing of cereal grains and pulses for value value-added food ingredients
Views from the Perspective of a Miller
Mr Sourav Kumar
Scientist
Central Food Tech. Research Institute
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
Mysore, Karnataka

Processing of cereal grains and pulses for Value-added food ingredients
Dr Y.N. Sreerama
Senior Scientist
Department of Grain Science and
Technology
CSIR-Central Food Technological Research
Institute, Mysore, Karnataka

1145-1330 Hours
Session 6:
Feed & Food Heat Treatments "Maintaining hygienic standards and
the way ahead Adopting quality control programs & regulations"

Chairman of the Session:
Mr C.S. Chandavarkar
Heat Treatment Pest Control (India) Pvt Ltd
Mumbai, Maharashtra

Feed Safety Assurance in the International
Mr Johan den Hartog
Feed Market Managing Director
GMP+ International
The Netherlands

The Conundrum, Far Unanswered: Food Safety Risks and Solutions
Mr Pankaj Jaiminy
Assistant Vice President
Food Certification, Testing & Inspection
TUV Sud South Asia
New Delhi

Concluding Remarks 
Croptech‐Feedtech ‐ The Final Debate
'The Impact of Digital Engineering on Food
and Feed Production'
Mr Roger Gilbert


1330-1430 - LUNCH


Conference registration here

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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.

It is not to late to register to attend the 2nd Global Milling Conference, being held at 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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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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