A new insurance policy to compensate farmers against poor crop yields has been launched.
After a gap of almost 50 years, sugar beet is once again being grown north of the border as farmers seek to find the ideal crop for their on-farm anaerobic digestion plants.
Crops across Scotland are looking good so far despite the prolonged dry spell, with NFU Scotland cereals chairman Ian Sands describing his own varieties as “charging on”.
Trials involving the use of laser beams to keep birds away from crops have shown ‘great results’ according to a European research consortium which is now planning to test the same approach to keep deer, rabbits and rodents from also causing damage.
A new scheme help growers cut seed costs if their oilseed rape crop fails to establish.
British blackcurrants could become a casualty of warmer winters as they may not get enough chilling to produce optimum yields and fruit quality.
Scottish growers are moving away from winter barley to spring varieties, according to AHDB.
The hot, dry weather is causing concern for cereals and potato producers in Scotland, but in parts of central Europe and Scandinavia farmers are warning of the catastrophic consequences of a severe drought.
Growers across Scotland are becoming increasingly frustrated by the stop-start approach to sowing after the delayed spring.
Scottish researchers have developed a new type of imaging technology to help farmers monitor their crops.
UK and European wheat and barley crops could be under threat from stem rust, warn scientists.
Scottish farmers are being reminded of changes to greening rules under the Common Agricultural Policy (Cap).
Arable farmers are invited to attend a series of agronomy workshops next month.
Growing genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland is unlikely to help farmers increase yields and produce more food, says the head of a leading crop research facility.
So far this winter has been characterised by record-breaking warmth and rainfall which has led to moderate levels of infection being present in winter crops.
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Scottish Government has admitted its decision to ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops was not based on science.
Wales is the latest country to opt out of growing genetically modified (GM) crops.
Scottish growers have been told to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to black-grass after the weed was found in the north-east.
Wet weather is putting a damper on work across farms in the north and north-east.
Growers could soon have access to a new generation of broad-leaved weed herbicides capable of tackling a greater number of weeds in cold conditions.
The farming industry needs to find new ways to talk to the public if consumers are to embrace innovation and science around food production, according to a leading political advisor.
Switching to compost from using inorganic fertiliser can boost soil quality, claims a north-east farmer.
A well-known north-east arable farmer has been tasked with ensuring pesticides are used correctly on farm.
Failure to give British farmers access to genetically modified (GM) crops could damage the future competitiveness of UK agriculture, claims a new report.
A landmark vote in the European Parliament could pave the way for genetically modified (GM) crops to be grown in the UK.
Aberdeen experts will help carry out vital research into sustainable crops.
The details of the Scottish Government’s proposals for ‘greening’ the new Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) have been slow to emerge and when they have broken cover they have not always met with acclaim.
Experts from Aberdeen University have helped in the research of cutting edge technology used to improve the growth of wine grapes.
The current growing year has seen a sea-change in the grain industry’s approach to disease control – marking the first time that agronomists have actively sought out plant breeders looking for answers to disease pressures rather than turning to the “contents of a tin”.
Researchers are calling on oilseed rape growers to send them samples of cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) this harvest.