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Archive Article: 1998/10/16

16 October 1998

Inclement weather scuppered farmers groundwork plans last Wednesday – but it bolstered turnout at Abram Stewarts retirement dispersal at Morehams Hall, Frating, Essex. Top price was £18,800 for a 1987 New Holland Clayson 8060 combine, say auctioneers Whirledge and Nott.

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Archive Article: 1998/10/16

16 October 1998

Annette Bardsley prepares for next weeks Marden Fruit show. The Bardsleys, from River Farm, Staplehurst, Tonbridge, Kent, grow apples, pears and plums on 150 acres. They have scooped top prize for 90-95g Bramley apples at the show 11 times in the past 17 years. Fifty exhibitors, mostly from the south east of England, are expected to compete next week. The event also attracts many international visitors.

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Archive Article: 1998/10/16

16 October 1998

GRASS growth is declining on most farms due to cooler temperatures, resulting in reducing grass covers, writes BGS grazing consultant Paul Bird.

Graze about a 40th to a 60th of the farm each day to ensure grazing lasts as long as possible and to maintain grazing pressure.

Fields grazed now should not have any stock on again until late winter or early spring. This is, therefore, your final chance to improve grass quality through increased grazing pressure or perhaps topping.

Producers with low grass covers of less than 2200kg DM/ha may need to buffer feed forage.

When there is a choice between maize or grass silage choose maize silage. Its higher dry matter and low protein complement grass well.

When grass covers are above 2200kg DM/ha, and grass quality is good, no silage of any kind is required. The exception may be with autumn calved cows which will be served from November. A relatively stable diet is recommended for these cows, and to achieve that silage may be needed.

Farms which did not apply nitrogen in September have lower grass covers than those that applied some nitrogen, and some now have rust reducing palatability.

Quota management is particularly important for spring calving herds now. It is important to clarify from mating records how many, and when cows will be calving in spring. There may be a more milk produced in February and March next year on farms which have tightened the calving pattern. Make preliminary plans or you may be under or over quota when it is too late to do much about it. &#42

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Archive Article: 1998/10/16

16 October 1998

Swell Swales… average price was £71 when 3000 top-notch Swaledale ewes went through the ring at Hawes, North Yorks last week.

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Archive Article: 1998/10/16

16 October 1998

Bad weather is stalling maize harvest throughout the UK, but a new disease – K zeae – is killing affected crops at dramatic speed. The disease has struck Jeremy Wilsons 28ha (70 acre) maize crop in Elham Valley, Kent. Worst affected areas are on the highest ground at 180m (600ft). NIAB advice to harvest as quickly as possible will be heeded by Mr Wilson as soon the rain relents. "Vegetative die-back occurred at a frightening speed; it was like spraying with Reglone or having six frosts on the trot."

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Archive Article: 1998/10/16

16 October 1998

High horsepower tractors and high capacity grain trailers were not the only equipment to get the low ground pressure treatment at the Farm Progress Show. JM Innovations introduced this 900-litre (200gal) sprayer for use behind lgp vehicles. The 375mm (15in) wide rubber belt tracks are fitted to the tandem axles by de-flating the tyres, then re-inflating them to higher than normal pressures.

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Archive Article: 1998/10/16

16 October 1998

Dont miss the national irrigation event – Water for Farming 98.

If you are in the business of exploiting limited water supplies to produce top quality potatoes and vegetables this is the event for you. Organised by farmers weekly and Fusion Events it takes place at Newark Showground on Tues Nov 10.

All the UKs top irrigation equipment will be on show, plus the most up to date advice. A detailed seminar programme will address issues including licensing, storage and efficient application.

Tickets priced £5 each are available free by ordering in advance from Fusion Events, PO Box 58, Kendal, LA9 7GD (01539-734725, fax 01539-740485 or e-mail tickets@fusionevents.co.uk).

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Archive Article: 1998/10/16

16 October 1998

The UKs tractor sales continue to run at some 40% below those of last year. Latest figures released by the Agricultural Engineers Association reveal that the number of units over 40hp sold in September was 18.3% down on the same period last year. In terms of actual figures, September saw 954 tractors registered which brings the total for the year to date to 8164 – 37% down. With only three months to run, the industry concedes end-of-the-year totals will show little improvement.

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Archive Article: 1998/10/16

16 October 1998

Gerald Hughes, Llannano, Powys, on a Kawasaki KLF400 4×4 on his way to winning what is believed to be the worlds first ploughing championship for ATVs. He also pocketed a cheque for £100 presented by sponsors ATV Direct. Mr Hughes beat 15 riders from as far afield as Germany to win the event, which took place at this years All Wales Ploughing Championship and European Reversible Championship.

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Archive Article: 1998/10/16

16 October 1998

A seeder specifically designed to plant grass seed is now available from Staffs-based Turfmech Machinery. The tractor-mounted 3m Seed-Air 3000 employs an Accord pneumatic seed delivery system with the seed broadcast via tubes into grooves made by a set of cast-iron rings – in work the seeder is supported on these rings. A rear set of rings then press and cover the seed with soil. Recommended power requirement is 60-90hp although an optional drawbar kit enables tractors as small as 35hp to be used. Price of the basic machine is £8500.

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