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CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Wheats racing ahead and beet drilling

Some forward wheat crops have already received their T0 fungicides and Anthony Wade is predicting that leaf 3 will be fully emerged 7-10 days earlier than average. Oilseed rape is at…

ARABLE

EU chlorothalonil ban 'another hammer blow' for growers

The EU has voted to ban the fungicide chlorothalonil – a move lamented by UK growers as “another hammer blow” for profitable arable production. Member states of the EU’s Standing…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Why multicut silage worth higher contracting fees for farmer

Switching from four cuts of silage to six is helping a Welsh dairy produce an extra £72,000 worth of milk sold. While the additional cost of cutting grass more frequently…

CRIME

Video: Dog attack - 'no farmer should have to go through it'

Warning: Video contains graphic images. Dog attacks on sheep cost the UK farming industry £1.2m in 2018, according to NFU Mutual, and in Wales incidents are on the rise. Gareth…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Medina Dairy pricing change shows need for contract reform

A milk buyer has introduced discretionary pricing on the eve of government reforms that are aiming to outlaw the practice altogether. Medina Dairy, which is supplied by 156 producers in…

TRACTORS

John Deere responds to increasing Greenstar thefts

A PIN code locking system has been installed on John Deere’s Greenstar cab displays and StarFire satellite receivers to curb the appeal of these products to thieves. See also: GPS…

BREXIT

Farmers blast Rees-Mogg for Brexit ‘cheap food’ claim

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has been slated by farmers after suggesting that consumers can look forward to cheaper food after Brexit – potentially. The suggestion on his Twitter account has…

BUSINESS

Co-op rapped for breaching supermarket code

The Co-op has apologised to its suppliers following a formal investigation by the supermarket watchdog that found breaches of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. Christine Tacon, the groceries code…

FINANCE

NFU Mutual posts £290m loss

NFU Mutual has blamed tough investment markets for a £290m financial loss in 2018, compared to a £540m profit in 2017. The business grew its insurance underwriting profits from £102m…

COMPLIANCE

NI farmers oppose tougher Red Tractor inspections

Plans by Red Tractor to introduce unannounced inspections in the UK dairy and poultry sectors this spring have met with strong opposition in Northern Ireland. The quality assurance scheme started rolling…

BREXIT

Poll: Who should be next UK prime minister?

Defra secretary Michael Gove is being tipped as one of the front runners to take over from Theresa May as the next prime minster. Two Sunday newspapers reported that cabinet…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Pilot project offers grants to reduce rural flood risk

Farmers and landowners in seven catchment areas of Herefordshire are being invited to apply for grant funding for projects that will reduce the risk of flooding to local communities. The…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Solar farm gate covers wider 7m entrances

Oxfordshire-based Solar Gate Systems has expanded its range of single automatic farm gates with a new top-ranker that spans a huge 7m width. Brushless motor technology has allowed the firm…

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