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Trials show laser beams divert birds from crops

March 20, 2019

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.

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EU farmers’ unions call for help over drought

July 5, 2018

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.

Farming

Farmers need clearer greening advice

September 29, 2014

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.

Farming

Genetics set to play a bigger role in disease control

August 3, 2014

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”.

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