Winter oilseed rape looks likely to be the best for tillage margins

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Harvesting of winter barley has been very slow but is finally completed. Yields in general were very good with most farmers achieving their highest yields (9-11t/ha) to date. The higher yields were achieved where soil fertility was good, with particular emphasis on potash, magnesium and soil pH. With the exception of farmers who had their…


SD small grain harvesting on schedule

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) The Agriculture Department says South Dakota had a week of mostly favorable weather with some areas receiving much-needed rain. The agency says in its weekly crop and weather report that small grain harvesting is on schedule with the exception of barley. Some areas of the state sustained crop damage last week…


Go Organic: When it comes to crops, keep harvesting

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August is one of the really productive months of the gardening year. It is a time of plenty and a time to enjoy the fruits of your labours. Unfortunately it is also the time when many of us take our summer holidays and are away from our plots for a week or two. Most vegetable…


The unbearable lightness of beans

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I HAVE a theory – to true broad bean lovers, a slightly heretical one – as to why so many GYOers choose to grow this vegetable over other, perhaps more productive kinds. My hunch is this; that for some gardeners, it’s really not so much about enjoying the distinctively earthy flavour of those plump green…


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