How Much Is Sulphur Really Costing You?

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist Poor protein quality and low grain protein, 20% yield response in Canola and improved nitrogen use efficiency. So why are we still not following the science and advice on Sulphur nutrition? This week I…

Cover Crops - The Key To Unlocking Soil Fertility or a Short Term Fashion?

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist Cover crops have certainly made it into the mainstream in the last few years. What was known as a “Green Manure” and was seldom seen outside organic farms, is now much more widespread thanks in part…

Home-saved Seed - How can a Financial Success become an Agronomic Nightmare?

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist As harvest gets into gear around Timau, I decided to ask local farm manager Daniel Moore to share his thoughts in this week’s THINK AGRONOMY on Farm Saved Seed and how to make it a success. Producing…

Avoiding Soil Compaction - What Farm Machine Manufacturers Don't Tell You

THINK AGRONOMY By David Jones, CROPNUTS Independent Agronomist We all know soil compaction is bad and the limitations it causes to plant growth and crop yield. But how often do we ask specifically which farm machines are doing the damage,…

Field Trials & Research

This week I am going to take a relatively easy subject to discuss. Trials that I am currently doing, and why I think these areas need attention. I have carried out several field trials so far, but I’m starting to forge ideas for the areas…

Cereals 2017 Visit

Last week I visited the UK’s Cereals Event, a two day exhibition of all things arable including machinery, crop varieties, crop nutrition, fungicides, drones, precision farming and grain marketing. The event always attracts a wide range of…

Think Agronomy: PGRs and Maize weed control

This week my attention has been drawn to two interesting agrochemicals, and aerial imaging for crop scouting I first started using aerial imaging a couple of years ago, when I decided that I needed to gather as much data as possible about…

Maize Nitrogen Topdressing & Fall Armyworm Update

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist We had a lot of discussion last week within our agronomy team about the problem of getting Nitrogen (mainly Urea) into the plant in dry weather. So, I start this week with a really useful graph that I often…

Spray Adjuvants; a dark science?

There is always intense discussion about the use of spray adjuvants among farmers and agronomists. As an independent agronomist I feel that they are often used unnecessarily, however in many situations they can improve the effectiveness of sprays…

Fungicides basics – working out what your crop needs

Most of us know fungicides by their brand names. But when you want to get scientific about farming, it’s important to understand a bit more about which ones to use in different crops, and why they suit particular situations. Triazoles These…