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We are proud sponsors of the Organic Farm Management Handbook 2023

The 12th Edition of the Organic Farm Management Handbook is now on sale! This book, now in its 12 edition, is an established comprehensive guide and must-have resource, allowing farmers and growers to make informed decisions on their organic farms and for those considering conversion. Order your...

Nelson grower Nigel Cope Seeds

Nelson leads the charge on disease resistance

With the wet weather in May causing a ‘perfect storm’ for Septoria in arable crops, Nelson winter wheat is proving its worth with high disease resistance. Recent independent Agrii trials have shown that it outperforms other leading varieties for Septoria tritici and yellow rust resistance with...

Nelson award winner

Norfolk grower wins award with Nelson

The chairman of Stoke Ferry Agricultural Society in Norfolk has won an award for his Nelson winter wheat crop.  Martin Cockerill collected the trophy on behalf of Oxborough Farms with a sample of Nelson from last year that had a specific weight of 82.2kg/hl, putting it...

Mark Glanville's daughter in Evelina

Spring barley boasts exceptional grain quality for own use

A consistent performer boasting high quality grain, an early harvest, tall straw and strong disease resistance, Evelina is proving itself repeatedly with mixed farmers. Available at Alexander Harley Seeds in Scotland and Mole Valley Farmers, Evelina’s superb disease resistance makes it a versatile variety suitable for...

Merlin Spring Oats

Merlin spring oat contends with market leaders

Merlin spring oat, added to the Recommended List in 2021, is performing well in the field and it’s looking increasingly attractive to millers. Crucially, it has a leg up over market leaders because it can be grown throughout the UK, even the wetter areas, due to...

Steve King - head tractor driver

Organic wheat blends save on labour, boost yields and benefit wildlife

A Somerset organic farm has enjoyed its best-ever harvest this summer, thanks to a robust and bountiful wheat blend that suits its system, saves on labour and boots yields. Ever since Richard Hollingbery bought Godminster Farm, in Bruton, he has pursued fully organic principles to the...

Nelson Winter Wheat field

Increased area predicted for low-risk winter wheat with inherently high protein

Winter wheat varieties with inherently higher protein are seeing growing interest from farmers and agronomists looking to limit fertiliser inputs and reduce their carbon footprints.  And with spikes in fertiliser, inputs, and energy prices slowly becoming the norm in a fragile marketplace, alternative, more sustainable cropping...

field of Nelson e-wheat

Nelson offers high protein efficiency from lower nitrogen inputs

Celebrating 10 years this year at Groundswell show, Nelson German ‘elite’ or E-wheat is consistently hitting high protein levels with lower nitrogen inputs, and millers are sourcing more of the British-grown grain because of its excellent bread making quality. German E-wheats such as Nelson have greater...

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The high cost of not reseeding

The UK has over 17 million hectares of managed grassland, yet much of it is poorly utilised. Leys that are not in good condition and are overrun with weed grasses that have little or no nutritional value can have a major impact on milk and...

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Spring seed offer

As well as being established in cereal and pulse organic and conventional seed and grain supply, at Cope Seeds, we have an extensive selection of industry-leading seed from grass, to cover crops and niche crops, and we’re giving money off orders placed before 10th April. Seed...