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FINANCE

Borrowing update: Has Brexit hit lending to farmers?

Farmers are increasingly uncertain about what agricultural produce will be worth in future. This is causing difficulties for businesses to generate accurate forecasts to satisfy lenders that they are fit…

MAIZE

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

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…

WHEAT

Advice on minimising the damage from BYDV in cereals

Winter cereal growers are being urged to focus on cultural controls - such as delayed drilling and good weed control - to ward off a major virus disease this season…

SUGAR BEET

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…

DRILLING

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.…

SUGAR BEET

Single and multi-year sugar beet contracts agreed

NFU Sugar and British Sugar have agreed terms for both a one-year and three-year sugar beet contract for the 2020/21 crop and beyond. A dispute between the two groups had…

BREXIT

£3bn needed for nature-friendly farming post-Brexit

The £3.2bn that is currently spent on British agriculture each year through the Common Agricultural Policy should be rolled over for at least the next 10 years, but used to…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Farmers lose out as Yorkshire potash mine shares slump

Farmers and landowners in Yorkshire and the North East are thought to have lost significant sums as the result of a dramatic slump in the share price of Sirius Minerals,…

BREXIT

Lib Dems warn of Brexit risks to upland sheep farmers

Sheep farmers will need specific, targeted aid in the event of a no-deal Brexit if they are to survive the loss of markets and the potential drop in support, visitors…

PLOUGHS

Kverneland reveals new plough ranges

Kverneland has launched a new generation of mounted ploughs ahead of November's Agritechnica show. The new baby model is now the three-, four- or five-furrow 2300, while the 3300 is…

DIVERSIFICATION

Landowners move away from farming for business investments

Landowners are reducing investment in farming enterprises in favour of alternative rural diversifications amid Brexit uncertainty. Diversification consultant Rural Solutions conducts an annual sentiment survey of landowners of 225,000ha in…

ENVIRONMENT

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,…

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