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    Winter Agronomy Digital Roadshows 2021

    The Winter Agronomy Roadshows in January for this year will be delivered on-line as a combination of technical lectures, podcasts and interactive discussion sessions. Key speakers will cover the launch of…

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    Orkney Soil & Nutrient Network: Case Study – Lyking Farm

    Lyking farm is a 174ha suckler cow unit based in the parish of Sandwick, some 12 miles from Orkney’s main town of Kirkwall. Its 120 spring calving cows are mainly Simmental crosses which run with Limousin and Simmental bulls to produce stores sold at around 18 months of age. The soils at Lyking are all non-calcareous gleys of the Thurso association derived from Old Red Sandstone, and fall into two different soil series. The best land is of the imperfectly drained Bilbster series, whilst the heavier soils fall under the poorly drained Thurso series. The land is categorised under the Macaulay Land Capability for Agriculture (LCA) classification as 4.1 and 4.2. which is land capable of producing a narrow range of crops, primarily grassland, with short breaks of cereal and forage crops.

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    Using Protected Urea to Protect The Planet & Your Pocket!

    Ireland faced with EU 2030 Green Deal targets “to reduce nutrient losses by 50%” and “reduce the use of fertiliser by 20%” have stated that “moving to Protected Urea is the single largest tool on the table to reduce emissions” so why are Scottish farmers not making this first choice when ordering fertiliser?

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