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JCB Fastrac obliterates world's fastest tractor record

A JCB Fastrac has sailed into the Guinness World Records Book, securing the crown of the world’s fastest tractor by reaching a speed of 135.191mph. It was the Staffordshire company’s…


Doorstep milk round revived by dairy farm selling direct

When dairy farmers Anthony and Carl Grimshaw, and Carl’s partner Louise Blundell, sat around the kitchen table last October to discuss taking on a milk round, they never dreamed that…


£5,000 sustainable farming bursary opens to students

A £5,000 student bursary to promote sustainable farming has been re-opened for applications after a successful first year. The bursary supports students who want to pursue their knowledge of sustainable…


How a farm is lifting beef calf weaning and slaughter weights

Detailed cow and calf performance recording is part of an overall business drive to increase beef output at Hedgeley Farms, Northumberland. Over the past five years, farm manager Vicky Hogg…


Farms were 'sacrificed' to protect homes from floods

The government is facing calls for action amid accusations that farms were sacrificed to rising water in an effort to save homes across flood-hit South Yorkshire and the East Midlands.…


Agritechnica 2019: Bourgault shows 8m zero-till disc drill

Bourgault is best known for its huge, prairie-roaming seed cart drills, but at Agritechnica, the Canadian maker was showing off its first compact machine. The CD848 uses a pair of…


Agritechnica 2019: Seed Terminator and Redekop roller mills

A clutch of companies are now offering bolt-on kits capable of obliterating weed seeds as they are thrown out the back of the combine. They all build on the basic…


Agritechnica 2019: Amazone debuts pressurised-metering drill

After years of using the vacuum principle for maize seed singulation, Amazone has introduced a pressurised wheel metering system for its Precea models. The option is available on its 9m,…


Agritechnica 2019: Doosan DL280-5 to battle JCB shovels

Doosan is the latest manufacturer to attempt to wrest some shovel sales from JCB's clutches, with a new model adapted from the industrial market. It joins an increasingly competitive sector,…


Farm flood victims to get business rates relief

Farmers and rural businesses seriously affected by the recent flooding will have immediate relief on their council tax and business rates. The measure was announced by the government following the…


Extinction Rebellion activists blockade Syngenta plant

Climate activists have staged a protest against the use of chemicals outside Syngenta’s manufacturing plant in Huddersfield. Activists from Extinction Rebellion blockaded the entrance to the plant on Leeds Road…


Advance payments made to 99% of Northern Ireland farmers

About 99% of eligible farmers in Northern Ireland have received advance Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money totalling £195.4m. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera) began issuing payments…

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We visit Lincolnshire farmer who has resorted to lifting potatoes with a digger during one of the wettest autumns in memory.
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