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Winter beans and their diseases

Winter beans usually produce strong vigorous plans and can be so healthy and green that late season chocolate spot caused by botrytis is almost welcome or they might stay green...

Wet summer raises risk of potato storage rots

It has been said before that potatoes are not so much a crop but rather just a large collection of diseases and problems. The number of serious pests and diseases to which the crop is susceptible makes a depressing roll call and it is only due to the highly skilled nature of producers that these risks are sufficiently managed and contained to deliver the Scottish crop.

AECS – what’s new?

It has recently been rumoured that the demand for the current Agri-Environment and Climate Scheme, AECS, is falling in some regions. This could be due to a number of factors...

FAS Case Study: One-to-one Integrated Land Management Plan

Beauty Bhowmik of High Cleughearn Farm In 2015, Beauty Bhowmik and her husband Devproteek, decided to change careers and move their family from London to East Kilbride to start a...

Tenant’s Improvements Amnesty – event summary

Your ‘One-stop shop’ for accessing all the critical information on the Tenant’s Improvements Amnesty Between July and December, The Scottish Government’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) held a series of events across...

New Entrants to Farming: Animal Health & Welfare Workshop (Borders) – Event Summary

New entrants to farming in the Borders recently attended an informative, hands on workshop on maintaining and improving animal health at the SAC Veterinary Services Centre at Greycrook, St Boswells....

Topics: New Entrants

New Entrants to Farming: Identifying & Grasping Business Opportunities (Argyll) – Event Summary

The first of the 2017 / 18 Argyll New Entrant Group meetings was held on Monday 11th December at the Falls of Lora Hotel, Connel. The theme was Identifying and...

Topics: New Entrants

Update of fungicide efficacy and resistance

Commercially, and in field trials, cereal fungicide programmes were pretty effective in 2017 and yield responses to fungicides reasonable but the dry spring did much to keep a lid on...

Dairy Calf Nutrition (Stranraer) Event Summary

The two main take home messages of the meeting were; the 5 Q’s of colostrum management – Quality – good colostrum should contain 50g of IgG/litre – test using a...

New Entrants to Farming: A Business Plan Is More Than A Report (Caithness) – Event Summary

Kev Bevan, FAS Team Leader from SAC Consutling in Ayr was the main speaker for this very informative evening on “Using Figures to Make Money”. For some the thought of...

Topics: New Entrants