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SOWING SWITCH PAYS OFF FOR GROWER.

AS herbicide-resistant ryegrass and gout fly spreads, Ormskirk arable producer Barry Rimmer has adopted new growing strategies.

With 70 acres of wheat rotating with carrots, potatoes cereals and sugar beet at Southead Farm, he has begun sowing hybrid wheat Hyno Quinta, treated with new BASF herbicide Crystal, IPU and diflufentin.

Barry, pictured with County Crops agronomist Phil Temple, said: ``We calculated we would need an extra yield of 0.3 tonnes per acre to counter the extra seed cost, which it exceeded this harvest.''
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Title Annotation:Farm and Country
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 14, 2002
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