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How to work out your flock’s trace element requirements

Trace elements are minerals such as copper, selenium, cobalt, iodine, manganese and zinc that are essential for life. Optimal flock performance depends on them being supplied correctly. But how do…


Why wildflowers could cut aphid-spread viruses in potatoes

Wildflowers grown in strips through potato crops could control disease-carrying aphids and may help growers faced with a dwindling number of insecticides. Areas of wildflowers grown in the headlands and…


Harvest 2020: Yields hold up as combines almost grind to halt

Graham Furey put the combine to bed at Castleview in Killyleagh, County Down, in the week ending 20 September after finishing his 100ha of combinable crops. “Spring wheat was a…


Rain prompts fears of repeat wet autumn

Rain and stormy weather have prompted concern that UK farmers could be in for a repeat of last year’s wet autumn. Eastern England is experiencing heavy rain and strong winds…


On test: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Since its launch in April 2014, Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV has been the go-to model for those wishing to dabble in the world of hybrid SUVs. Almost 52,000 have been sold…


Multiple tractor GPS systems stolen in East Yorkshire farm raids

Police are urging farmers in the East Riding of Yorkshire to step up security following a spate of tractor GPS thefts. Thieves broke into more than a dozen tractors across…


Scotland to end long journeys for live calf exports

Live calf exports that breach maximum permitted journey times from Scotland to Spain will no longer be accepted, the Scottish government has stated. Following a legal challenge by animal welfare…


Digital tool advises when to spray crops with 85% accuracy

Growers and agronomists have a new digital tool to assess crop pests and diseases and suggest the best time to spray, up to four days in advance, with 85% accuracy.…


Awards launched to recognise farmer efforts to tackle TB

The TB Advisory Service (TBAS) has launched an award to recognise farmers who work hard to protect their herds and reduce the risk of the disease. As well as the…


Nano minerals in feed can improve broiler growth, says study

Nano delivery of mineral supplements in poultry diets leads to improved bird growth, feed consumption and digestibility, a new study has found. A team at Nottingham Trent University used a…


Coronavirus: ‘Rural areas in danger of being left behind’

Farm groups want the government to commit more funding to rural areas to support England’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. A new report, Rebuilding Rural: Growing Back Better, called…


Autumn land and farms market offers plenty of opportunities

More farmland properties have joined the market this autumn, as vendors catch up from Covid-19 complications and take advantage of the increased buyer demand. Thomas Armstrong, H&H Land & Estates…

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