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This year’s Ruralco Instore Days will be held on Thursday 7 July and Friday 8 July, with deals available online till midnight on Sunday 10 July.
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Ensuring your bulk fuel storage is fit for purpose is not just about compliance. It is also about having safe, serviceable, and secure fuel on farm readily available when and how you need it.
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Sulphur deserves more attention that it gets. It is important for plants, cheap and can easily be incorporated into fertiliser applications.
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The autumn period has produced a more consistent spell of warmer weather than we had for the entire summer period. There were a couple of light frosts with the soil temperature remaining up, although a cold period around the time of writing has noticeably stopped grass growth.
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Winter is fast approaching and for the next 3 months our focus will be sown arable crops, barley grass control in pasture and weed control in lucerne.
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We are currently experiencing substantial increases in the price of fuel, for both bulk fuel delivered on farm and card fuel purchases at the pump.
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Grass grub larvae may be small, but as many farmers found in autumn 2021, they’re capable of causing major problems.
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Crop residues are a useful resource for returning nutrients and building carbon and organic matter into the soil.
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Following tough summer conditions, forage oats for fast grazing can be a get out of jail card for most farmers looking for quick feed in late autumn, while May and June sown oats provide valuable winter ground cover and an early spring silage opportunity. Oats also have a special power when it comes to catch cropping, being able to soak up excess nitrogen which can present a risk of leaching in fallow soil after the grazing of a winter crop such as kale or fodder beet.
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For the next three months we will look at the following: fodder crops, pre-emergence sprays on autumn sown crops, grass grub control in pasture, and use of gibberellic acid to increase pasture growth.
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