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Crop Establishment New bioscience products promote establishment A


grovista has added five new bioscience products to its Innovation Range – helping growers address the im- portance of soil health and crop establishment. Originally devised to encour- age a refreshed approach to crop health, the Innovation Range is a series of targeted bioscience products that promise farmers tangible yield-based improve- ments when growing crops. The five new products will nurture soil health and promote early crop vigour, says Agrovis- ta head of research and devel-


The new products promote crop vigour, says Craig Morgan


opment Craig Morgan. The five products are Voltek, Tiros + Volt- ek Bio, L-CBF Boost, Phosphorus Liberator and Liquid Gypsum. Seed treatment Voltek is a bi-


ostimulant complex known as a metabolite – a blend of phos- phite, keto acids and additional nutrients. Applied direct to the seed this supports the growth and development of young seed- lings as they emerge. Tiros + Voltek Bio combines two seed treatments. Tiros con- tains endophytes to fix atmos- pheric nitrogen and sequester other nutrients. The addition of Voltek Bio helps maximise these nutrients while stimulating the plant to grow away from poten- tial stress. L-CBF Boost is a liquid car-


Quality bread-making wheat promises guaranteed market


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armers have the opportu- nity to grow a top quality bread-making wheat with a guaranteed Group 1 contract now available through Glencore UK. Variety MV Fredericia is said


to have very good grain quality with reliable protein contents. It is suitabile for late drilling, has early maturity and boasts good foliar and ear disease resistance – offering wheat growers an at- tractive package this autumn. Meeting domestic high protein wheat requirements will also of- fer growers some protection from Brexit-related uncertainty. It pro- vides an alternative to growing


feed wheat for export, as well as helping to reduce the carbon foot- print of UK food production.


Protein and quality Wheat breeder Bill Angus said: “MV Fredericia’s grain quali- ty has good protein content and quality, extremely high specific weights, HFN comfortably above 350 and resulting in good dough characteristics, meaning MV Fredericia has attracted inter- est for wholemeal flour. “Late-drill suitability makes it a good choice after potatoes and sugar beet, or in high grass weed situations, as the fast speed of growth gives it a very good com-


petitive edge, and its early matu- rity makes it an ideal entry crop for OSR. This was confirmed in Agrii blackgrass trials.” The variety has good foliar dis-


ease resistance as well as a good level of resistance to fusarium, says Mr Angus. Growers should note it requires a robust plant growth regulator programme – especially in more fertile situa- tions. Mr Angus says it is good to more growers using wheat ge- netics strategically in their va- riety choice. “For too long, they have been encouraged to scan the Recommended List and pick off the variety on the ‘far left’ – the


Growers are taking a more strategic approach to varietal choice, says Bill Angus.


highest yielding variety in that particular Nabim group.”


Drilling date


Late sowing is undesirable, he adds, but for many growers it has become a necessity – particularly those with blackgrass problems. With a buyback contract in place there is now the opportunity to get that all-important early har- vest as well as picking up a qual- ity premium.


Whitworth Bros millers have done three years of trials with MV Fredericia. Purchasing director Raich Growdridge says: “It shows all the characteristics of a good Nabim Group 1 wheat, and we will be using it in our mills go- ing forward as it becomes more widely grown.”


Growers interested in an MV Fredericia offers some protection against Brexit-related uncertainty.


Fredericia buyback agreement for harvest 2021 should access the MV Fredericia agronomy pro- gramme through Agrii or Glen- core. More details and a fact sheet are available at www.an- guswheatconsultants.com.


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bon food source for soil microbes. It is said to increase nutrient availability, plant root mass and the efficiency of applied fertilisers. Phosphorus Libera- tor releases soil-bound phospho- rous and other nutrients, mak- ing them available to the plant. The fifth product is Liquid


Gypsum, a conditioner that helps soil flocculation; improv- ing workability, drainage and root exploration to support crop establishment. In this form, it is highly soluble and much more ef- fective than its granular equiv- alent.


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