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Maize Watch: Advice on reducing soil erosion post harvest

Initial maize yields look good, with big cobs which have matured well and green leaf still on the plants, latest Maize Watch growers report. Good weather has allowed harvest teams…


Farmer Focus: Why I wish I hadn't drilled any oilseed rape

It felt like a mini milestone at Lockerley over the past week as we planted some clover/grass leys in our arable rotation and spread home-produced manure in front of a…


Breakthrough in battle against virus yellows

Sugar beet varieties resistant to virus yellows could be available to growers within three years – helping to secure the viability of the crop without neonicotinoid seed treatments. It follows…


Video: High-pressure water tech aids direct drilling success

Replacing drill coulters with a high-pressure jet to open up the soil will not only improve germination, its inventors believe it can aid rooting by cracking compaction and aerating soils.…


How to protect farmland against new public rights of way

Landowners should take active steps to prevent members of the public accessing private land, to help prevent new rights of way being imposed on farms, including submitting ownership documents to…


Job profile: What’s it like to be an agricultural solicitor?

The law has always attracted bright, ambitious young people, but specialising in agriculture can make for a fascinating, fulfilling career. Thirty-one-year-old Charlotte Razay, a solicitor with Michelmores’ agriculture team, advises…


UK food security threatened by climate change – MPs

Climate change is threatening the UK's food security, says a report by MPs which calls for government action to curb greenhouse gas emissions. A high dependency on imported fresh food,…


Fears grow for welfare of missing farmer

Fears are growing for the welfare of a Hertfordshire farmer who has been missing for 11 days. Alex Wilcox has not been seen since 9.15am on Thursday 5 September when…


Irish farmers to have casting vote on beef talks terms

Picketing farmers in Ireland will be given the opportunity to have their say in the beef price negotiations between farming groups and meat processors. Another round of talks took part…


Minigrazer offers small-scale zero grazing option

Hand Engineering has developed a pint-sized zero grazing machine, which it launched at the National Ploughing Championships in Ireland. Two versions of the Minigrazer are available; a 5cu m capacity…


Financial Discipline cash heading back to farmers

Farmers will shortly receive a small payment from the Rural Payments Agency relating to their 2018 claims. Each year the European Commission applies what is known as a Financial Discipline…


NI farmer fury over ammonia planning rules

Changes to planning rules for assessing ammonia will have far-reaching consequences for farmers in Northern Ireland, says the Ulster Farmers Union (UFU). The union says it is outraged because the…


Case unveils new 8.5m combine header for CTF

Case-IH has added an 8.5m option to its Axial Flow combine header range to suit those working in controlled traffic systems. The new Varicut table is designed to slot into…

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